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The intersection of Adams and San Pedro today
Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, May 20, 2016

If you drive through the neighborhood around the intersection of Adams and San Pedro Street today, you will see a strip mall and on the opposite corner a clothing store.  Everywhere you look, there are businesses with signs in Spanish, reflecting the predominantly Latino population.  What you won’t find are many signs of the Chinese community that lived in the area between the 1930s...

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Ana Beker

Hippos, Crocodiles, and Rhinos! Oh My!

Deborah Savage, Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A colleague in the History Department recently came across an old book whose drab cover hides a fascinating adventure story. Woman on a Horse, written in 1956, is Ana Beker’s account of the four years she spent


March 22, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

March 22, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, March 22, 2015

There are no changes at the top of both of the Los Angeles Times Bestseller Lists this week.   For the 8th week in a row 


Big List of Book Lists VI

Big List of Book Lists VI

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, March 20, 2015

A round-up of interesting book lists found on the internet on Friday, March 20, 2015.


March 15, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

March 15, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, March 16, 2015

The number one title on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller Li


Best of Everything: Los Angeles Public Library as a Link to Consumer Resources

Richard Kraus, Librarian III, Business Department, Friday, March 13, 2015

A very common type of question in the Los Angeles Public Library is finding information to help people make decisions as consumers of products and services.  These questions can range from buying a vacuum cleaner or automobile, to selecting the best school o


Don’t Wake Me Up If I’m Dreaming

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Thursday, March 12, 2015

“The theories of philosophers, theologians, and psychologists will never do justice to the fullness of our existence if they only focus on the qualities of waking life.” – Kelly Bulkeley


March 8, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

March 8, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Saturday, March 7, 2015

Topping the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List for the 6th w


Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalists Announced

35th Annual Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalists Announced

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Saturday, March 7, 2015

Finalists for the 35th annual L.A.


Armenian orphans of the Near East Relief orphanage in Alexandropol (now Gyumri, Armenia)

America, We Thank You

Ani Boyadjian, Principal Librarian, Research & Special Collections, Friday, March 6, 2015

One hundred years ago, on April 24th, 1915, the Ottoman Turkish government enacted a systematic policy to annihilate its Armenian population. From 1915-1930, over a million and a half souls perished.


March 8: International Women’s Day - Graphic

International Women’s Day

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Thursday, March 5, 2015

What is the innermost secret of a woman’s heart?  Throughout centuries, poets, philosophers, devotees in the fields of art and science have come across this question at one time or another.


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