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2014 National Book Award Shortlists Released
2014 National Book Award Shortlists Released
David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, October 23, 2014

The National Book Foundation has announced National Book Award shortlists for 2014.  The awards, which were first awarded in 1935, are given out in four categories; Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature, with the winners to be announced on November 19.

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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


Mansion

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!"


Book Covers

July 28th, 2013 Los Angeles Times Bestsellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, July 29, 2013

Inferno by Dan Brown regained the top spot this week as And the Mountains Echoed by K


Wedding Banquet Setting

Wedding Planning! It’s never too soon

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Friday, July 26, 2013

Did you attend a beautiful wedding this summer? Did you get some great ideas for your own upcoming ceremony? That’s wonderful news, but keep in mind that you may have to allow for one year of planning and preparation in order to create the wedding of your dreams.


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