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International Languages Department, Central Library, May 27, 2015

“To have friends coming from afar, is it not delightful?” This wise and humane saying can be found in a little red book, titled Quotations from Confucius, published by Shandong Friendship Publishing House. The book is bilingual – Chinese and English – and along with 350 books, it has been graciously donated to Los Angeles Public Library by Nishan Press. The name of the press...

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August 10, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

August 10, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Almost three years after its initial run on top of the best seller lists, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption 


The Power of Popular Culture

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Monday, August 11, 2014

“Popular culture represents a common denominator, something that cuts across most economic, social and educational barriers.”- Edward Jay Whetmore


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L.A. Stories from the "Map Cave"

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Monday, August 11, 2014

I have always felt it was a shame that so many maps and the stories they tell are buried in drawers where no one can hear them.


August 3, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

August 3, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Heist, the first in a new series by Janet


Stamps Around the World

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The postage stamp may fit in the palm of the hand, but the information it may visually convey may extend far and wide, as it is the case with Stamps around the World, a month-long exhibition in the International Languages department.


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What Will You See on a Free Tour of Central Library?

Central Docents, Central Library, Sunday, August 3, 2014

The LAPL Docents invite you to a free tour of our magnificent library at 5th and Grand.


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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. August 2014 Edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, August 1, 2014

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times - the book was better.


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Pause 2 Read 2014

Teenscape Department, Central Library, Sunday, July 27, 2014

Central Library is in the middle of summer reading mischief, and our teens have invested some serious time to Pause 2 Read for the special reading competition happening in Teen’Scape.


July 27, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

July 27, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt resumed its place at the top of the Fiction list t


Yiddish: a Living Language

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Monday, July 21, 2014

When in the second half of the last century Isaac Bashevich Singer was awarded a Noble Prize for Literature, he raised an interesting question: “People ask me often, ‘Why do you write in a dying language?’” And he tried to explain: “


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