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[photo of great grandmother]
Is this woman related to the King of Sweden?
Julie Huffman, Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, September 1, 2014

Am I related to anyone famous?

What is my ethnic background?

How far back can I go?  1800s?  1600s?  Adam and Eve?!!

Genealogy—the study of an individual’s ancestry—is a wildly popular hobby and profession. With access to online records and nifty family tree software...


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

Book Covers

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.  

The logo of The Scottsboro Boys show

Scottsboro Boys

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Thursday, June 20, 2013

“’Scottsboro Boys’ [is] a dazzling show about a travesty. The tale of the unjustly accused Scottsboro Nine is reenacted as an irreverent carnival show with stinging and stunning effect at the Ahmanson Theatre.”

Magazine covers of a random selection of business magazines with trade or industry focus

Periodicals in the Business & Economics Department

Galina Stoyanova , Librarian, Business & Economics Department, Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Take a look at the randomly selected titles above – did you know how diverse our paper holdings are?

Book Covers

June 16th, 2013 Los Angeles Times Bestsellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, June 17, 2013

Almost a year after first hitting the Hardcover Fiction list, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is back in the top ten at number eight.

Book Covers

June 9th, 2013 Los Angeles Times Bestsellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, June 12, 2013

For the second of what could be many weeks Dan Brown sits atop the Los Angeles Times hardcover fiction bestseller list while Phil Jackson's Eleven Rings shoots to the top of the hardcover nonfiction list.

Orchestral music notes

Orchestrations Service

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Friday, June 7, 2013

An extremely popular service that the Art, Music and Recreation Department provide that not everyone may know about is orchestral service.  Our orchestral music collection contains scores and parts that are loaned to orchestras and performing groups in Southern California.  The service

International Languages Department Front Desk

Have you visited the International Languages Department?

Joyce Cooper, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Thursday, June 6, 2013

Do you or someone you know speak a language other than English?
Are you looking for reading material in another language?
Or do you want to learn a new language?

Reading is so Delicious

Summer Reading Fun in Teen'Scape

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Teen'Scape, Monday, June 3, 2013

Teens! It’s time for Summer Reading Club at the Central Library. And that means it’s time for summer fun, new friends, new books, fun activities, and prizes!

Blue, green and orange color ribbons to represent for genetic testings of cancers

Cancer, Genetic Testing, and Intellectual Property

Bob Timmermann, Senior Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Dept., Monday, June 3, 2013

It took one New York Times op-ed piece by a very famous celebrity to show how the matter of our genes, genetic testing, health care system, and intellectual property system are all intertwined.