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Leave 'em with a smile. Hart (left) and Rodgers at Dinty Moore's restaurant in 1938.
Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, February 28, 2015

During his all-too-brief lifetime, Lorenz Hart penned the words to more than 500 songs, many of which have since found their way into the Great American Songbook.  Let's finish up this series with a look at what is believed to be the last lyric Larry wrote--the words to the darkly comic song To Keep My Love Alive.

Written for a 1943 revival of Rodgers and Hart's...


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New Book a Librarian service at Central Library!

Ani Boyadjian, Principal Librarian, Research & Special Collections, Monday, April 14, 2014


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Celebrate Spring Break at the Central Library

Teenscape Department, Central Library, Monday, April 14, 2014

Along with the Grilled Cheese Invitational, spring break is officially here for LAUSD students!

The Man Who Planted Trees

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Tuesday, April 8, 2014

“For a human character to reveal truly exceptional qualities, one must have the good fortune to be able to observe its performance over many years.

April 6, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

April 6, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, April 7, 2014

As it has been for 21 of the last 22 weeks, Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is on top of the 


Here Lies Liberty: Steven Anthony and his fight against eminent domain

Wendy Horowitz, Librarian, Photo Department, Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The issue of eminent domain continues to be the subject of heated debate: progress versus preservation, the benefit of the many at the cost of the few, the rights of the county over the rights of the individual.  However, in the case of the ill-fated Hollywood Museum, there was no

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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. April 2014 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, April 1, 2014

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times - the book was better. There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen.

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Notes From The Underground

History Department, Central Library, Monday, March 31, 2014

The Underground Newspaper Collection (or Underground Press Collection) is a compilation of alternative/underground newspapers, magazines, newsletters and bulletins (1963-1985) reprinted on microfilm by the Underground Press Syndicate (UPS), later known as the Alternative Press S

Tumblr for Book Lovers

Eileen Y., Librarian, InfoNow, Friday, March 28, 2014

For those not familiar with what tumblr is - in short, tumblr is a combination of a social networking site and a microblogging site. What this means is that people can follow other people’s tumblr blogs, in a type of friends network.

March 23, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, March 24, 2014

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind by Michio Kaku is the new #1 book on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Nonfiction Best Seller