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California Health News, March 15, 1933
Stella Mittelbach, Librarian III, Science, Technology & Patents Department, June 24, 2016

For decades, Los Angeles (and the rest of Southern California) loved to market itself as a place where you could improve your health in the optimal climate of the region. (Pay no attention to the smog.) But much of the health information, good and bad, from the pre-smog era was hard to come by. But, that has changed.

 
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The Book of Flowers

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Friday, April 10, 2015

Picture a book that can gracefully endure the trials of the centuries – the water, the fire, the sword. What will this book be about? In what language will it be? There is an old legend about an artist-scribe who was being burned along with a precious manuscript.


DIY Origami Bookmarks

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Did you miss out on our origami bookmark program this weekend?


April 5, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

April 5, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, April 6, 2015
Holding steady at number one on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction List for the 10th week in a row is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. 

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Minimum Wage

Richard Kraus, Librarian III, Business Department, Friday, April 3, 2015

The minimum wage, first introduced nationally in the United States through the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, has been an issue of concern and controversy ever since.  In the past few years it has been very much in the news and debated by politicians and


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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. April 2015 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, April 3, 2015

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times - the book was better. There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen.


Delores McKinney

Spotlight on Delores McKinney

Central Docents, Central Library, Thursday, April 2, 2015

LAPL Docents have been giving free daily tours of the Central Library since the early 1980's.  We are guides who love the art, architecture, and backstory of the library, and volunteer to share our passion with others.  Some of us are retired, some are juggling tours with full time jobs


March 29, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

March 29, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, March 31, 2015
For the 9th week in a row, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is on top of the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction List.

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World Water Day, Innovation, and Southern California

Vi Ha, Young Adult Librarian, Teen'Scape, Tuesday, March 31, 2015

World Water Day was celebrated this past March 22. It is a day created in 1993 by the UN to bring light the importance of water to life among people. This year’s celebration was dedicated to Water and Sustainable Development.


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Origami Bookmark Craft Program - April 4, 2015

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, March 27, 2015

Are you tired of scrambling for a makeshift bookmark? Receipts, postcards and gum wrappers just not cutting it? You definitely aren't resorting to folding down the page corner right?


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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


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