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International Languages Department, Central Library, September 16, 2014

Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese martial art with practical health benefits. It descends from Qigong, having its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. Tai Chi involves a series of slow and meditative body movements, originally designed for self-defense, as well...

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Teen Volunteers Make a Difference at Central Library

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Teen'Scape, Tuesday, July 16, 2013

In addition to hosting class visits, and teen activities and events, Central Library’s Teen’Scape also has an active teen volunteer program. So active, in fact, that during the month of June our volunteers logged 180 hours of community service.


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July 14th, 2013 Los Angeles Times Bestsellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, July 15, 2013

Khaled Hosseini's And the Mountains Echoed edged The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman for top spot in


BEAD WEAVING: A LIST OF INSPIRATIONAL BOOKS

Art Department, Central Library, Wednesday, July 10, 2013

When top beadwork artisans, beadwork authors, and contributors in the beading community were interviewed by Lark Jewelry and asked what they considered their inspirational go to books for beading, the following list was created.


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July 7th, 2013 Los Angeles Times Bestsellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane has taken over the top spot on this week's Los Angeles Times Fiction Bestseller list as Dan Brown's


The picture of the tiling of the tower roof of Los Angeles Central Library, the view from the Bunker Hill steps

Scholarly Research: A few good places to start

InfoNow Department, Central Library, Friday, July 5, 2013

By Eileen Y. and David Brenner


A scene from the classic movie - Cain and Mabel as well as the book cover of one of Gable Davis's books

Lights, Camera, Fiction! Novels Written by Actors

Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Nobody asked for it, but here it is – a list of fiction written by thespians!  While of course these things are subjective, it is safe to say that the following titles run the gamut from surprisingly good to flat-out terrible.

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June 30th, 2013 Los Angeles Times Bestsellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, July 1, 2013

Inferno by Dan Brown jumps back into the top spot on the Hardcover Fiction list while Phil Jackson's Eleven Rings is again


Storytime Group Photo

Summer Reading Club is under way! Oh, how the babies love to play!

Linda Israelson, Librarian, Children's Literature Department, Thursday, June 27, 2013

In 2011, The Los Angeles Public Library incorporated a component into its Summer Reading Club to actively engage children under the age of five.


Ernest Hemingway Poses with Water Buffalo

Travel With a Famous Novelist This Summer

Deborah Savage, Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Literary giants like Ernest Hemingway and Charles Dickens usually reside
upstairs in the Literature and Fiction Department. However, many notable
novelists have written travelogues documenting a particular country at a


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June 23rd, 2013 Los Angeles Times Bestsellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, June 24, 2013

New number ones on both the Fiction and Nonfiction lists and a trio of debuts in the Hardcover Fiction top ten highlight this week's Los Angeles Times Best Sellers lists.  


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