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David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, July 21, 2014

When in the second half of the last century Isaac Bashevich Singer was awarded a Noble Prize for Literature, he raised an interesting question: “People ask me often, ‘Why do you write in a dying language?’” And he tried to explain: “There is a quiet humor in Yiddish and a gratitude for every day of life… each encounter of...

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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.


Teen Author Reading Night Flyer

Teen Author Reading Night Celebrates One Year at Central Library

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Teen'Scape, Thursday, February 21, 2013

This week marks the 1-year anniversary of Central Library’s Teen Author Reading Night, a monthly panel where teens, teachers, writers, and fans of young adult literature can meet authors and hear them read from their new books.


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