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International Languages Department, Central Library, February 13, 2016

What is love? Smiling to a stranger? Thinking of a special someone? Visiting the library? “There are as many kinds of love, as there are hearts,” says Tolstoy in Anna Karenina. “Love, that moves the sun and the other stars,” are the concluding words of Dante’s Divine Comedy

The world literature is a symphony of loving and liking...

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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, January 6, 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.


January 4, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

January 4, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, January 5, 2015

For the third week in a row, All the Light We Cannot See


Wealthy & Wise

Wealthy & Wise: The Road to Riches @ LAPL

Business & Economics Department, Central Library, Monday, January 5, 2015

Money can’t buy happiness but writing books on wealth just might.  How to get rich is a popular subject in Business and Economics and our collection on wealth will inspire you to take that winding road to budget, save, invest, and prosper.  The Library


Dr. Strangelove Meets Genealogy

How I Learned to Stop Worrying About the 1890 Census and Love the County History.

Julie Huffman, Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, Thursday, January 1, 2015

To the bane of many genealogists, the eleventh census of the United States was heavily damaged by a fire at the Commerce Department in 1921. Less than one percent of it survived, which means we have census data (e.g.


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LAPL Photo Collection: Year End Review

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Over at the LAPL Photo Collection, we were full steam ahead as always in 2014; processing collections, digitizing photos, acquiring new collections, mounting exhibits, coordinating programs, and assisting patrons with research and orders.


December 28, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

December 28, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, December 29, 2014

On the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Best Seller List, All the Light We Cannot See


LAPL Reads

LAPL Reads Best of 2014 Book Lists

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Monday, December 22, 2014

The staff of the Los Angeles Public Library thinks these are the best books of 2014.

LAPL Reads presents:  


December 21, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

December 21, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, December 22, 2014

After 31 weeks on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Best Seller List, All the Light We Cannot See


Big List of Best Books of the Year Lists

Big List of Best Books of 2014 Lists

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, December 22, 2014

As we near the end of 2014 its time for the best books of the year lists to make their annual appearances.  Here are a sampling of the Best of 2014:


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Holiday Handiwork DIY paper gift bows

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Couldn't make it to our last craft program? Never fear!


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