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The Music of Tôru Takemitsu and Japanese New Wave Cinema
Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, May 26, 2017

As we observe Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Los Angeles Public Library, this is a good occasion to look at some of the interesting examples of Japanese cinema available to our patrons, particularly those featuring scores by composer Tôru Takemitsu. Films with soundtracks by Takemitsu are available to LAPL patrons in our DVD collection...

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National Book Critics Circle Awards Announced

National Book Critics Circle Awards Announced

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Saturday, March 18, 2017

On Thursday the National Book Critics Circle Awards for 2016 were announced.


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Bitcoin: The Age of Cryptocurrency

Tamara Holub, Librarian, Business Department, Friday, March 17, 2017

Bitcoin is both a currency (monetary system) and a software program. Introduced in 2009 as open-source software, Bitcoin is the first decentralized digital currency. It is decentralized in the sense that is has no regulatory authority such as a central bank.


Illuminations, a series of lanterns by Ann Preston in the Bradley Wing. Photo courtesy of Karina Buck

Ann Preston's Lamps Illuminate the Bradley Wing

Central Docents, Central Library, Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A highlight of our docent tours is Ann Preston's Illuminations, a series of lanterns that descend the southern escalator landings of the Tom Bradley Wing.


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Women's Heritage Month Spotlight on Lucille Bryant Raport: North Hollywood Architect

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Monday, March 6, 2017
For many, the predominant image of the post-War woman is the suburban mother and consummate homemaker as immortalized in television characters of the period such as Donna Stone (The Donna Reed Show), Harriet Nelson (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), and June Cleaver (Leave it to Beaver).

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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Saturday, March 4, 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.


Betsy Graves Reyneau. Thurgood Marshall (detail). 1956. Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Web.

Thurgood Marshall - an American Hero

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Sunday, February 26, 2017

“You do what you think is right and let the law catch up” - Thurgood Marshall


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The 2017 Academy Awards

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, February 24, 2017

The 89th Academy Awards celebration will be held on Sunday, February 26th. This year, films based on books were included in nearly every award category. In fact, 5 of the 9 films up for Best Picture were adapted from books!


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Scott Joplin, Treemonisha and American Opera

Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2017 marks the hundredth anniversary of the death, at the age of 49, of Scott Joplin, one of America's first great composers, and the composer of arguably the first important American opera: Treemonisha.


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