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Teenscape Department, Central Library, July 27, 2014

Central Library is in the middle of summer reading mischief, and our teens have invested some serious time to Pause 2 Read for the special reading competition happening in Teen’Scape. Six weeks into the summer reading program, Teen’Scape volunteers have read more than 544 hours and the other Teen’Scape patrons have read more than 296 hours. With two more weeks left, we...


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

Abraham Lincoln in Group Photo

U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Jack Stephens, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department, Thursday, March 28, 2013

The U.S.

BULLY FREE L.A sign presented by the Los Angeles Fire Department

Anti-Bully​ing Resources At Your Library - And Beyond

Teenscape Department, Central Library, Wednesday, March 20, 2013

by Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Teen’Scape and Mary Abler, Innovation Leadership Program Resident

Fortress of Hormuz

Gems found from Extramural Interlibrary Loan

Steven Kilgore, Access Services, Tuesday, March 19, 2013

At Access Services, we provide a service called Extramural Interlibrary Loan that facilitates any quest for knowledge beyond the walls, so to speak.  For all the books we possess here in the Los Angeles Public Library system, there are those rare and exotic books that lurk outside our walls.

An open movie book

Books vs. Movies, Part 2

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Monday, March 18, 2013

Part II (see part 1 here)

Standing Ovation

The Literature & Fiction Department’s Theater Program Collection Deserves a Standing O!

Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, March 15, 2013

The Literature & Fiction Department of the Central Library has been collecting theater programs since the late 19th century.  During the course of those 100-plus years, we have managed to amass quite a collection.  So we are very pleased to announce that a searchable databa

A library staff was reading aloud her favorite Dr. Seuss story.

A Dr. Seuss Weekend

Mara Alpert, Children's Librarian, Children's Literature Department, Friday, March 8, 2013

For librarians and teachers and anyone who loves children’s literature, early March is always a little bittersweet, because March 2 is Dr.

Photos of Authors

Unlimited use in-demand classics!

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Thursday, March 7, 2013

Have you found yourself in need of a quote from one of the foundational works in the social sciences, philosophy or religion? No circulating copies available at LAPL? Don't give up! Consider using a digital resource (in PDF, HTML and other formats) from one of these websites:

Five e-Book covers from the Axis 360 section of the e-Media tab LAPL Axis360 e-Books

Axis360 e-Books

Business & Economics Department, Central Library, Friday, March 1, 2013

The Business & Economics Department at the Central Library is actively buying hard-to-find technical and professional business e-Books for Los Angeles Public Library patrons.  To supplement similar material in print format, these e-Books cover a wide range of topics and proficiency level

Hello World in Different Languages

The International Languages Department

International Languages Department, Central Library, Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to learn or discover a new language, to enhance your work skills or just to satisfy your curiosity? The International Languages Department is the language learning resource for you.