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The Seven Centers Ceiling in the Main Lobby
The Seven Centers Ceiling in the Main Lobby
Central Docents, Central Library, September 29, 2014

When you meet your docent in the main lobby of the Central Library, the first art piece you'll see is the vibrant mural overhead that spans the vaulted ceiling. Our daily, free, hour-long art and architecture tour starts right there.

The painting, which measures 36 feet by 36 feet, is by Los Angeles artist Renee Petropoulos, and she named it The Seven Centers.In the early 1990’...

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Top two bestsellers book covers: Fiction - The Cuckoo's Calling and Nonfiction - Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazereth

August 18, 2013 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Best Seller list remains essentially unchanged with Robert Galbraith's The Cuckoo's Calling holding steady in the #1 spot.


Image of the end of Summer Reading program

2013 Summer Reading Ends

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Teen'Scape, Tuesday, August 20, 2013

On Saturday, August 3, this year’s Summer Reading Program ended.. and I must say that Reading was quite Delicious this year! Teen’Scape had two enjoyable No Bake Dessert sessions which included cheesecake and lava cake demonstrations.


Musicians on Stage

World Music Concert

International Languages Department, Central Library, Wednesday, August 14, 2013

We hope you can join us on September 7th for an afternoon of great music!


Top two bestsellers book covers: Fiction - The Cuckoo's Calling and Nonfiction - This Town.

August 11, 2013 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, August 12, 2013

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith debuts this week on top of the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction best seller list while James Lee Burke's 20th Dave Robicheaux mystery 


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Henrietta Lacks' family finally gets to have a say

Bob Timmermann, Senior Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Dept., Saturday, August 10, 2013

Henrietta Lacks was a 31-year old woman from the Baltimore area who died from ovarian cancer back in 1951. Some cells from her body were taken, without her family's consent, by medical researchers shortly before she died.


Sheet Music for Old Man Jazz

Sheet Music at LAPL

Emma Roberts, Librarian III, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Wednesday, August 7, 2013

In the light of the Songs in the Key of Los Angeles project, here is some information about the vast collection of scores and sheet music in the


Top two bestsellers book covers: Fiction - The English Girl and Nonfiction - Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazereth

August 4, 2013 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, August 5, 2013

There are new books on top of both the Fiction and Nonfiction best seller lists this week.  Daniel Silva's The English Girl, the 13th entry in his Gabriel Allon spy series debuts at #1 on the


Some puppets from Puppet Shows

Puppet shows to the rescue

Mara Alpert, Children's Librarian, Children's Literature Department, Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Here’s something you may not know about the World Famous (or at least Los Angeles Famous) Children’s Literature Department at Central Library.  If it weren’t for a puppet show, it might not ever have existed.  Okay, make that a lot of puppet shows.  And a cadre of


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If These Walls Could Talk...

History Department, Central Library, Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Alternately titled, "How to Research Murder, Crime and Scandal at the Los Angeles Central Library!"


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