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Central Docents, Central Library, August 27, 2015

Our free, daily, art and architecture tour of L.A.'s Central Library almost always begin by taking a look at the exterior of the historic 1926 Goodhue Building.  Architect Bertram Goodhue and his colleague, Carlton Winslow, conceived the expansive Flower Street area as an outdoor reading room, filled with trees, plants, and sitting areas. 

Pleas from librarians and clerks for a...

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Special Olympics

Special Olympics World Games

Russell Garrigan, Librarian, Teen'Scape, Friday, July 10, 2015

This year, the Special Olympics World Games will take place in Los Angeles.  500,000 spectators, and 30,000 volunteers, and 3000 coaches, and 7000 athletes, and 177 countries—all will come together in Los Angeles. The games begin on July 25 and continue for 9 days.


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

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

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, July 7, 2015

59 weeks after first appearing on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List, All the Light We Cannot See


Take a trip down Memory Lane

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Recently, we found a folder tucked away at the back of a file cabinet in the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion Department.


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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, July 2, 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.


June 28, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 28, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, June 30, 2015

For the fourth week in a row the top of the Los Angeles Times Bests Seller Lists remain unchanged as 


Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera

Video: Opera in the Library

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Thursday, June 25, 2015

On Saturday, May 30th, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera performed excerpts from Giuseppe Verdi's Aida opera in the Taper Auditorium to a packed house.  If you missed it, here's a short video of some of the highlights from that performance.


June 21, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 21, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, June 22, 2015

Once again there are no changes to the top of the Los Angeles Times Bests Seller Lists this week as 


Money Mysteries

Money Mysteries: Or why is there an eyeball on the dollar bill?

Business & Economics Department, Central Library, Monday, June 22, 2015

Who’s the guy on the old $10,000 note (Salmon Chase, note no longer printed)?  Is America on the gold standard (NO, not since June 1933)?  What’s the origin of the term “greenback” (a U.S.


Big List of Book Lists VII

Big List of Book Lists VII - Summer Reading Lists

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, June 18, 2015

A round-up of interesting summer reading lists found on the internet on Thursday, June 18, 2015.


The Colors of Serenity

The Colors of Serenity: Travel Photographs of Setsuko Owan

International Languages Department, Central Library, Wednesday, June 17, 2015

In the story “The Last Dream of the Old Oak Tree” Hans Christian Andersen presents a short dialogue between a little fly and an oak tree. “Will all the beauty of the world come to an end when you die?” asks the little fly.


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