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California Health News, March 15, 1933
Stella Mittelbach, Librarian III, Science, Technology & Patents Department, June 24, 2016

For decades, Los Angeles (and the rest of Southern California) loved to market itself as a place where you could improve your health in the optimal climate of the region. (Pay no attention to the smog.) But much of the health information, good and bad, from the pre-smog era was hard to come by. But, that has changed.

 
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Jewish American Heritage Month

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush declared that May would be Jewish American Heritage Month, after resolutions passed unanimously in both the House and Senate.


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Video: Japanese Flower Arrangement

International Languages Department, Central Library, Monday, May 18, 2015

Japan is a country of elegant art forms and subtle inspirations. One of these inspiring art forms, which can be thought of as poetry of nature, is Ikebana (生け花, "living flowers").


May 17, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

May 17, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, May 17, 2015

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr has been on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List for 52 weeks and it celebrates its one year anniversary on the list b


Japanese Flower Arrangement

JAPANESE FLOWER ARRANGEMENT

International Languages Department, Central Library, Tuesday, May 12, 2015

There is a centuries-old Japanese flower arrangement art form, known as Ikebana (生け花, "living flowers"). The word comes from the Japanese word ikeru (生ける, "keep alive, arrange flowers, living") and hana (花, "flower").


May 10, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

May 10, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, May 11, 2015
In its 51st week on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Best Seller List, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is back in the top spot, displacing

Asian & Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Monday, May 11, 2015

May is Asian & Pacific Islander American Heritage Month which was officially designated and signed into law in 1992.


National Bike Month

Teenscape Department, Central Library, Thursday, May 7, 2015

Central Library will be honoring National Bike Month this May with a few special programs centered around the bicycle. Starting with National Bike to Work Week, May 11 to May 15.


Why You Should Take the Ukulele Seriously

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Wednesday, May 6, 2015

“The ukulele is a toy guitar and not worth a second thought.”    
           - Hart Stillwell, ESQUIRE, October 1940


May 3, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

May 3, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, May 4, 2015
No changes to the top of the Los Angeles Times Best Seller Lists this week as The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is number one on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction List, while 

World Wonders: Pictorial Jigsaw Puzzle / World Map

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Sunday, May 3, 2015

Picture the world map six decades ago. Were all the countries and their flags the same as we know them today? How about traveling a couple of millennia back? What were the Seven Wonders of the ancient world and where did they reside?


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