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The words stand up for your right to read with flames in the background.
Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, September 25, 2016

This September 25th through October 1st, celebrate the 34th annual Banned Books Week with us!  

"Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Ammendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books week...

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Literate Fence

The Literate Fence: Championing Books, Reading & LA’s Diversity

Central Docents, Central Library, Saturday, June 13, 2015

The elegant Literate Fence, on the Fifth Street side of the library, was designed by Washington state industrial metal artist, Ries Niemi (b.1955). The Deco design, completed in 1993, echoes the design of the original library building.


Count Rumford

Stoves, Spies, and Scientists

Andrea Borchert, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department, Friday, June 12, 2015

It’s Summer! Congratulations to everyone for making it through these last few frigid months. Do you know it got as cold as 37℉ in January here in Los Angeles? That’s cold! But we made it through it. With central heating, and fuzzy slippers, cocoa and stoic expressions we made it through.


Bradbury Chronicles

The Bradbury Chronicles

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, June 11, 2015
At Noon on June 15 in Meeting Room A of the Central Library, the Literature and Fiction Department hosts "The Bradbury Chronicles", a talk by Sam Weller, a top Bradbury scholar who worked for 12 years as his authorized biographer.

Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Caribbean-American Heritage Month

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Wednesday, June 10, 2015

¿A dónde vas, humilde trova mía,
así cruzando los extensos mares…?

Where are you going, friendly troubadour,
Crossing the vast seas with a long detour…?


June 7, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 7, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, June 8, 2015

Two former number ones return to the top of the Los Angeles TImes Bests Seller Lists this week as 


Read the Rainbow

Teen Reading Roundup: LGBT YA of 2015

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Teen'Scape, Friday, June 5, 2015
From nonfiction to contemporary romance to speculative fiction, there have been many standout YA titles with LGBT themes released over the past few months.

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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, June 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.


May 31, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

May 31, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, June 2, 2015

David McCullough's, The Wright Brothers, remains #1 on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover


Map: West Hollywood: the Community in Action, Community Business Promotions, 1993

A Pictorial Map of West Hollywood

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Monday, June 1, 2015

To honor LGBT Heritage Month at the library we present this pictorial map of West Hollywood, one of America’s most enlightened cities. Street maps from as recently as the 1970’s ignored the growing power of the gay community in the little city between Beverly Hills and Hollywood.


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Pride in the Face of Adversity: How the Herald Examiner Covered the LGBT Community in Los Angeles

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Monday, June 1, 2015

As a mainstream news outlet in the 20th Century, it's probably not surprising that the Los Angeles Herald Express (later Herald Examiner) newspaper gave little coverage to the LGBT community.


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