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Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, 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. But if you don't know your beloved series is coming out as a movie or that the fun looking preview you saw was adapted from a book, how can you join the debate? The Library to...



Environmentalism in Religion

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The origins of the environmental movement in the United States began in response to increasing levels of smoke and air pollution during the Industrial Revolution.

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Where is the Central Library’s Front Door?

Central Docents, Central Library, Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Our free, docent-led Art and Architecture tours of the downtown LA Central Library begin and end in the Main Lobby.   But we are often asked:  where exactly is the library’s front door?  It’s a strange question for a landmark building.  Here's a bit of background on the m


Mapping the History of African Americans

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

To commemorate Black History month, Central Library offers two maps that exemplify the struggles and triumphs of African-Americans in this country. The first is “Americans of Negro Lineage” by the great Louise E. Jefferson, published by the Friendship Press in 1946.

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Opera in the Library

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Monday, February 2, 2015

A Free Live Music Performance from LA’s Metropolitan Opera

Sunday, February 8, 2015


Celebrating African American History Month with the LAPL Photo Collection

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Friday, January 30, 2015

Activist Malcolm X appears as a spectator during a 1964 court trial in Los Angeles. (Herald Examiner Collection)

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Around the World in 30 Seconds

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Monday, January 26, 2015

Imagine traveling around the world in thirty seconds, while looking at thirty books – each in a different language. That’s one book per second. Imagine the treasures to be discovered in this short amount of time. Is this possible?

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Let's Get Digical

Russell Garrigan, Librarian, Teen'Scape, Friday, January 23, 2015

A popular dance song from the 1980s was called, “Let’s Get Physical,” sung by Olivia Newton-John.  Here’s a suggestion for a new song title with a technology slant, “Let’s Get Digical.”  What’s does digical mean?  It means combined physical and digital innovations.  Who invent

2014 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced

2014 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, January 22, 2015
On Monday the finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced.