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A blog for the Subject Departments of the Central Library

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Scott Joplin
Scott Joplin (1867/68-1917)
Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, February 21, 2017

2017 marks the hundredth anniversary of the death, at the age of 49, of Scott Joplin, one of America's first great composers, and the composer of arguably the first important American opera: Treemonisha. Rooted in African American culture, which we celebrate this month, Treemonisha pre-dated the first successful era of American-composed opera by nearly...

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Being a Central Library Docent

Central Docents, Central Library, Tuesday, September 29, 2015

If you love the historic Central Library’s art and architecture, why not share that passion with others?


September 27, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

September 27, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, September 28, 2015

Purity by Jonathan Franzen remains the 


Central Library's Hope Street facade: sculpture of Nicholaus Copernicus

The Astronomer and the Banned Book

Bob Timmermann, Senior Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Dept., Friday, September 25, 2015

If you enter the Central Library on Hope Street, there are six sculptures that appear on the facade of the building.


FIRST ANNUAL BRUCKMAN AWARD

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, September 23, 2015

When John Bruckman came to the Los Angeles Public Library in 1953, he delighted in his work in the History Department.  Passionate about the history of his adopted state of California, he prowled the sta


September 20, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

September 20, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, September 20, 2015

Purity by Jonathan Franzen is the new 


The City of Los Angeles' 311

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Saturday, September 19, 2015

In the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion Department we often field questions from residents of the City of Los Angeles pertaining to city services and the government.  In support of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s commitment to increasing access to city services,  the Los Angeles Public L


Collage of Books

Librarians to Publishers: More Latin@ Books, Please!

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Teen'Scape, Wednesday, September 16, 2015

According to the 2013 American Community Survey, over 1.8 million Hispanic or Latino people live in the City of Los Angeles, or 48.6% of the population.


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A History of Latino Activism in Los Angeles

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The influence of Latino heritage and culture has long been prevalent in the city of Los Angeles. This includes a history of activism relating to causes at the local, state, national, and international levels.


Pictorial Map of Mexico, Fischgrind Publishing, Cartographer Miguel Gomez Medina, 1931

Pictorial Map of Mexico

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Tuesday, September 15, 2015

This masterpiece of pictorial mapping is an original from the earliest printings of the famed Fischgrind Publishing house and one of the mysterious Miguel Gomez Medina’s greatest works.


September 13, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

September 13, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, September 14, 2015

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr remains 


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