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The Music of Tôru Takemitsu and Japanese New Wave Cinema
Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, May 26, 2017

As we observe Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Los Angeles Public Library, this is a good occasion to look at some of the interesting examples of Japanese cinema available to our patrons, particularly those featuring scores by composer Tôru Takemitsu. Films with soundtracks by Takemitsu are available to LAPL patrons in our DVD collection...

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Hidden Spaces and Forgotten Places in the Library

Central Docents, Central Library, Monday, February 8, 2016

Have you ever climbed the old marble staircase in our Central Library and, glancing up, spied a lit window cozily lined with books and plants?


February 7, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

February 7, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, February 8, 2016

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout is #1 on the 


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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. February 2016 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, February 5, 2016

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.


Saturday Serenade

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Lifelong Learning Department, Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Los Angeles Public Library has some very gifted musicians.  When I started working in the Art, Music & Recreation Department I found out that some of my colleagues in the department were musical.


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Central Avenue: Dunbar Hotel

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Tuesday, February 2, 2016

As a salute to African American Heritage Month we present a brief glance at the epicenter of Central Avenue in the once glamorous and glorious Dunbar Hotel.


January 31, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

January 31, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, February 1, 2016

Marie Kondo occupies the top two spots on this week's Los Angeles Times Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers List with 


El Nino Preparation, Solutions and Celebration

Linda Rudell-Betts, Senior Librarian, Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Friday, January 29, 2016

El Nino effect:  rainstorms, rising ocean levels, more storms, flooding, mudslides - how are we supposed to cope with impending disaster in the midst of all the pressing everyday demands on our lives?  El Nino has become a standard late night show punchline, but when confronted with flo


Song A Day For A Month

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Lifelong Learning Department, Friday, January 29, 2016

Song A Day For A Month is a challenge to all songwriters to write a song every day for one month on the 


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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. Sundance 2016 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, January 27, 2016

In this special edition of Read it First! we're going to be talking about the literary films premiering at the Sundance Film Festival.  The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the United States.


January 24, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

January 24, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, January 24, 2016

In its 88th week of release, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, rem


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