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“Luck is believing you’re lucky.” —Tennessee Williams
Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, March 23, 2017

Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams was born on March 26th, 1911 to Cornelius and Edwina Williams. His childhood will ring familiar to those who know his work; abusive, unstable and steeped in Southern tradition. Though his relationship with his parents was strained, Tennessee was always very close with his older sister Rose. The two shared an inseparable bond, despite Rose’s diagnosis of...

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Going for the Gold: African Americans and the 1984 Olympic Summer Games

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Wednesday, February 1, 2017

On January 25, 2017, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to give its final approval to the city’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.


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Criminalizing immigration

Jack Stephens, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department, Monday, January 30, 2017

President Donald J. Trump’s January 25, 2017 executive action threatening the withholding of federal funds to sanctuary cities, counties and states has raised again, perhaps as never before, the issue of local law enforcement involvement in immigration enforcement in the United States.


In 1966, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke became the first African American woman elected to the California Assembly, and in 1972, was the first woman elected to the House.

Against All Odds: State & Local African American Politicians in the 1960s

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Monday, January 30, 2017

The 1960s were a transformative period for the country with Civil Rights at the forefront. African Americans gained traction in political positions both at the state and local level, and Los Angeles was no exception. Fortunately, Rolland Curtis was around to document many of these leaders.


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The Enduring Popularity of Shakespeare's Sonnets

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, January 20, 2017

This Saturday, January 21, at 2 PM in the Taper Auditori


January 15, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

January 15, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead is the new number one book on the Los Angeles

World Cinema Series ~ Celebrating Shakespeare

World Cinema Series ~ Celebrating Shakespeare

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Monday, January 9, 2017

Here is a riddle from Shakespeare: “The more I give to thee, the more I have.” Who speaks these words and what do they mean? Shakespeare’s plays, more than any other author’s works in world literature, have been adapted on screen since the birth of cinema.


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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. January 2017 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, January 5, 2017

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.


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LAPL Photo Collection - Year in Review

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Wednesday, December 28, 2016

As we enter this last week of 2016, let's take a look back at what the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection has been up to during the year. 


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