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David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, August 26, 2014

The Lacemaker by Tropinin

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a millenium-size jigsaw puzzle worth? Featuring paintings and photographs from around the world, these puzzles not only grace our collections with visual imagery, but also challenge the puzzle enthusiast with one thousand elegant problems, or perhaps just one less, because the last piece may render its...


Some puppets from Puppet Shows

Puppet shows to the rescue

Mara Alpert, Children's Librarian, Children's Literature Department, Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Here’s something you may not know about the World Famous (or at least Los Angeles Famous) Children’s Literature Department at Central Library.  If it weren’t for a puppet show, it might not ever have existed.  Okay, make that a lot of puppet shows.  And a cadre of


If These Walls Could Talk...

History Department, Central Library, Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Alternately titled, "How to Research Murder, Crime and Scandal at the Los Angeles Central Library!"

Book Covers

July 28th, 2013 Los Angeles Times Bestsellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, July 29, 2013

Inferno by Dan Brown regained the top spot this week as And the Mountains Echoed by K

Wedding Banquet Setting

Wedding Planning! It’s never too soon

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Friday, July 26, 2013

Did you attend a beautiful wedding this summer? Did you get some great ideas for your own upcoming ceremony? That’s wonderful news, but keep in mind that you may have to allow for one year of planning and preparation in order to create the wedding of your dreams.

Book Covers

July 21st, 2013 Los Angeles Times Bestsellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, July 22, 2013

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman returns to the top spot in the Fiction Category followed by 

Library's new section - British Television with all television programming from the British Broadcasting Corporation and other European producers.

Now Playing at Popular Library

Kuang-Pei Tu, Senior Librarian, Access Services, Friday, July 19, 2013

Housing popular entertainment DVDs as a browsing collection is always a challenge.  The people at Popular Library are constantly coming up with ideas to make patron’s browsing experience easier and enjoyable.

Book Covers for Language Books

How Many Languages Can You Speak?

Joyce Cooper, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Friday, July 19, 2013

Working on the reference desk in the International Languages Department of the Central Library in Los Angeles, one of the most diverse cities in the country is an exciting job! I speak Spanish so I spend a large part of day helping Spanish-speaking patrons find information.

Man Using a Tablet

Tech Industry Job Resources

Jack Stephens, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department, Wednesday, July 17, 2013

If you're looking to keep up to date with computer and/or technology industry trends and trying to find a place in that industry, the Library has an electronic resource that is for you.

Photo of Two Teen Volunteers

Teen Volunteers Make a Difference at Central Library

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Teen'Scape, Tuesday, July 16, 2013

In addition to hosting class visits, and teen activities and events, Central Library’s Teen’Scape also has an active teen volunteer program. So active, in fact, that during the month of June our volunteers logged 180 hours of community service.