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David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, 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: “There is a quiet humor in Yiddish and a gratitude for every day of life… each encounter of...

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Blue, green and orange color ribbons to represent for genetic testings of cancers

Cancer, Genetic Testing, and Intellectual Property

Bob Timmermann, Senior Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Dept., Monday, June 3, 2013

It took one New York Times op-ed piece by a very famous celebrity to show how the matter of our genes, genetic testing, health care system, and intellectual property system are all intertwined.


John Kennedy Shaking Hands in Crowd

King, the Kennedys, & Los Angeles

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Tuesday, May 28, 2013

In the early 1960s, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy symbolized hope, change, and the dawn of a new era for a country that was caught in the clutches of Cold War fear, and in many cases, clinging to certain outdated social attitudes.


Grants Center Bookshelves

Grants--like loans you don’t have to pay back!

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Saturday, May 25, 2013

Looking to fund your nonprofit organization, business or individual needs? Look no further than our Grants Center! We offer directories, grant-writing guides and many other resources to help you get started with your grant or fundraising search!


Letter of Empathy from Children's Librarians to Santa and Elves

Summer Fun in the Children's Literature Department

Joanna Fabicon, Librarian, Children's Literature Department, Friday, May 24, 2013

It may not be the holiday season, but this time of year is still the busiest for the staff of the Children’s Literature Department.


Buried Treasures in the Periodical Stacks

Steven Kilgore, Access Services, Monday, May 20, 2013

Housing the best research collection of all public libraries west of Mississippi, Access Services of Central Library maintains, manages, and provides access to multitude of periodicals that date back to the Nineteenth Century.  Many varied and interesting photocopy requests for the rare item


Signs of City of Los Angeles for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Thursday, May 16, 2013

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month which was officially designated and signed into law in 1992.  This month is also known as Asian & Pacific Islander American Heritage Month.


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Money Matter$: Know More, Make More

Richard Kraus, Librarian III, Business Department, Friday, May 10, 2013

The Los Angeles Public Library kicked off a campaign called “Money Matter$: Know More, Make More” in April 2013 in recognition of financial literacy month.  But that is only the beginning of what the library has to offer.


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Learn a New Language Online

Joyce Cooper, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Thursday, May 9, 2013

Have you always wanted to learn a new language but don’t have time to take a class or participate in a conversation group?  Do you have a computer, a laptop, a tablet, or a smartphone?  Then you’re in luck!  You can learn a language from anywhere using the library&rsquo


Classic Car

For What It’s Worth: Pricing Your Used Car

Bob Timmermann, Senior Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Dept., Tuesday, April 30, 2013

As the numerous TV programs like “Antiques Roadshow” or “Pawn Stars” tell us, people have a great desire to find out what their stuff is worth. As librarians, we’re usually not qualified to make a judgment on most items.


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A quick primer on where to search for library materials

Eileen Y., Librarian, InfoNow, Monday, April 29, 2013

Ever wonder where to start looking on our website for finding different materials that the library has?  Whether it’s a book, magazine article, CD,  digitized photo, a historical map, or even some songs to download, here is a quick guide on where to click first, just so you can ge


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