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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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July 21st, 2013 Los Angeles Times Bestsellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, July 22, 2013

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman returns to the top spot in the Fiction Category followed by 


Library's new section - British Television with all television programming from the British Broadcasting Corporation and other European producers.

Now Playing at Popular Library

Kuang-Pei Tu, Senior Librarian, Access Services, Friday, July 19, 2013

Housing popular entertainment DVDs as a browsing collection is always a challenge.  The people at Popular Library are constantly coming up with ideas to make patron’s browsing experience easier and enjoyable.


Book Covers for Language Books

How Many Languages Can You Speak?

Joyce Cooper, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Friday, July 19, 2013

Working on the reference desk in the International Languages Department of the Central Library in Los Angeles, one of the most diverse cities in the country is an exciting job! I speak Spanish so I spend a large part of day helping Spanish-speaking patrons find information.


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Tech Industry Job Resources

Jack Stephens, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department, Wednesday, July 17, 2013

If you're looking to keep up to date with computer and/or technology industry trends and trying to find a place in that industry, the Library has an electronic resource that is for you.


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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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