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David B., Librarian, InfoNow, August 20, 2014

 The Los Angeles Public Library has many archival newspaper databases. You can find these resources by going to the Research and Homework  page on the LAPL website. Select “Newspapers” as a subject, and click on  the “Find It” button.

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A scene from the classic movie - Cain and Mabel as well as the book cover of one of Gable Davis's books

Lights, Camera, Fiction! Novels Written by Actors

Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Nobody asked for it, but here it is – a list of fiction written by thespians!  While of course these things are subjective, it is safe to say that the following titles run the gamut from surprisingly good to flat-out terrible.

Book Covers

June 30th, 2013 Los Angeles Times Bestsellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, July 1, 2013

Inferno by Dan Brown jumps back into the top spot on the Hardcover Fiction list while Phil Jackson's Eleven Rings is again


Storytime Group Photo

Summer Reading Club is under way! Oh, how the babies love to play!

Linda Israelson, Librarian, Children's Literature Department, Thursday, June 27, 2013

In 2011, The Los Angeles Public Library incorporated a component into its Summer Reading Club to actively engage children under the age of five.


Ernest Hemingway Poses with Water Buffalo

Travel With a Famous Novelist This Summer

Deborah Savage, Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Literary giants like Ernest Hemingway and Charles Dickens usually reside
upstairs in the Literature and Fiction Department. However, many notable
novelists have written travelogues documenting a particular country at a


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June 23rd, 2013 Los Angeles Times Bestsellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, June 24, 2013

New number ones on both the Fiction and Nonfiction lists and a trio of debuts in the Hardcover Fiction top ten highlight this week's Los Angeles Times Best Sellers lists.  


The logo of The Scottsboro Boys show

Scottsboro Boys

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Thursday, June 20, 2013

“’Scottsboro Boys’ [is] a dazzling show about a travesty. The tale of the unjustly accused Scottsboro Nine is reenacted as an irreverent carnival show with stinging and stunning effect at the Ahmanson Theatre.”


Magazine covers of a random selection of business magazines with trade or industry focus

Periodicals in the Business & Economics Department

Galina Stoyanova , Librarian, Business & Economics Department, Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Take a look at the randomly selected titles above – did you know how diverse our paper holdings are?


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June 16th, 2013 Los Angeles Times Bestsellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, June 17, 2013

Almost a year after first hitting the Hardcover Fiction list, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is back in the top ten at number eight.


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June 9th, 2013 Los Angeles Times Bestsellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, June 12, 2013

For the second of what could be many weeks Dan Brown sits atop the Los Angeles Times hardcover fiction bestseller list while Phil Jackson's Eleven Rings shoots to the top of the hardcover nonfiction list.


Orchestral music notes

Orchestrations Service

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Friday, June 7, 2013

An extremely popular service that the Art, Music and Recreation Department provide that not everyone may know about is orchestral service.  Our orchestral music collection contains scores and parts that are loaned to orchestras and performing groups in Southern California.  The service


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