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David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, July 21, 2014

When in the second half of the last century Isaac Bashevich Singer was awarded a Noble Prize for Literature, he raised an interesting question: “People ask me often, ‘Why do you write in a dying language?’” And he tried to explain: “There is a quiet humor in Yiddish and a gratitude for every day of life… each encounter of...


Exhibit Flyer

Stanley Kubrick Film & Exhibit

Art Department, Central Library, Friday, April 26, 2013

In 2001 Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film adventure was still the ultimate trip.  Now BluRay technology brings this epic odyssey in space to the present.  Join us for a film screening of Kubrick’s space odyssey film on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Central Library from 1-4 p.m.&nbsp

The picture of Magic Castle, Hollywood

Let the Library Cast Its Spell On You

Russell Garrigan, Librarian, Teen'Scape, Thursday, April 25, 2013

Do you believe in magic? While Disney may have the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood has the Magic Castle.  It’s there that some of the best magicians in the world perform and where they also mentor aspiring young adult magicians in the Academy of Magical Arts.

Photo of Two Large Dogs

History's going to the dogs!

Cindy McNaughton, Senior Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, Thursday, April 18, 2013

Taking Bailey on the family vacation this summer or going hiking next weekend with Mr. Bear?  The History Department has the guidebooks you're looking for!  Have a bet on which presidents had a pup in the White House?

Book Shelves Filled With Test Preparation Books

Test Center

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Although not as inevitable as death and taxes, most of us will have to take a standardized test at some point in our lives, either for educational assessment or for employment.

Art Exhibit Flyer

The Literature Department and Westwood Branch Celebrate Muslim Poetry

Robert Anderson, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World, an exhibit and series of readings and performances celebrating the beauty and power of Muslim poetry ranging from ancient times to the 21st century, is currently being presented by Central Library's Literature and Fiction Department and the

“Last Days of the Dinosaurs” show by Richard Wade for 8th Annual Science Day event, Central Library

Science Day at Central Library

Madeline Bryant, Senior Librarian, Children's Literature Department, Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Over 300 people attended this year’s annual Science Day event, celebrated at Central Library on March 30, 2013. Now in its 8th year, the theme of Dinosaurs made this our BIGGEST success yet.

Tax Forms

Tax Days in the Business & Economics Department

Business & Economics Department, Central Library, Friday, April 5, 2013

The Business and Economics Department continues to serve patrons who do not do their Federal and State taxes electronically by offering paper distribution of Federal and California Tax Forms, Instructions, and Publications.

Japanese Tea Ceremony School Instructor and Students

Japanese Tea Ceremony at Thursdays@Central on April 11

International Languages Department, Central Library, Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Ogasawara Ryu Sencha Do Japanese Tea Ceremony School was established in Japan about 100 years ago. Although the history of the matcha ceremony is much older and well known, Ogasawara Ryu involves the making of tea from tea leaves as opposed to tea powder. 

Armenian text

Searching Armenian Books

International Languages Department, Central Library, Thursday, April 4, 2013

Have you tried to figure out how to find an Armenian book in our library catalog? You may find the following Armenian Romanization table helpful. Diacritics are not necessary for searching the catalog.

Drawing and Painting samples

Creative inspiration for Spring!

Emma Roberts, Librarian III, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Friday, March 29, 2013

If you feel like trying your hand at drawing or painting for the first time, or would like to sharpen your talents, the Art, Music & Recreation Department has plenty of resources to get you started.  Check out the catalog, or come along and browse the shelves in person to find dozens of