Print this page

Central Library Blog

E-mail

A blog for the Subject Departments of the Central Library

Latest Posts

Bugsy Siegel and attorneys
Photograph dated November 14, 1940 shows attorneys Byron Hanna (left) and Jerry Giesler (right) conferring with Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel in a courtroom. Herald Examiner Collection.
Photo Friends, July 21, 2017

On June 20, 1947, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, the East Coast mobster who had relocated to and prospered in Los Angeles and was now intent on building up Las Vegas, sat in his girlfriend’s living room in Beverly Hills. He chatted with his long-time friend and associate, Allen Smiley, while reading the Los Angeles Times. Suddenly, shots exploded through the front window. An unknown assailant...

Pages

Book covers

Three Asian Angeleño Mysteries

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

In celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, why not read a mystery? Try these three great mystery writers of Asian Angeleño heritage who plot intriguing yarns and use the settings of Los Angeles as a background as well as a point of departure. 


Detail of a map of Los Angeles, as it appeared in 1871, showing the site of the 1871 Chinese massacre

Forgotten Los Angeles History: The Chinese Massacre of 1871

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Friday, May 19, 2017

May is Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, a month in which we celebrate the culture, traditions, accomplishments, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.


illustration of sun with face from pictorial map

L.A. Stories from the Map Cave: Pageant of the Pacific

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Wednesday, May 17, 2017

To celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander American month at the Los Angeles Public Library, we have occasion to show off one of the greatest pictorial maps ever created: The Pageant of the Pacific by the artist


May 14, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

May 14, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, May 15, 2017

 A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles remains at #1 on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List, while


May 7, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

May 7, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Shattered: Inside HIllary Clinton's Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes leads a trio of new books at the top of the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller


Read It First! Film Adaptations Headed to Theatres Near You. May 2017 Edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, May 9, 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.


Central Library Atrium. Detail of the chevron design motif at the base of a column.

Norman Pfeiffer: Highlights of the Tom Bradley Wing

Central Docents, Central Library, Friday, May 5, 2017

For 50 years, nationally recognized architect Norman Pfeiffer has applied creativity, innovation, and technical proficiency to an impressive portfolio of outstanding renovations and additions to library and arts buildings throughout the country.


Star Wars: These are the books you're looking for

Star Wars: These are the books you're looking for

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, May 4, 2017

Can't get enough of Star Wars? Immerse yourself in a galaxy far, far away with these Star Wars fiction series.  


April 30, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

April 30, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, April 30, 2017

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders remains at #1 on the Los Angeles Times Fict


Southern California Sunset

April is Stress Awareness Month

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Stress is everywhere. There is no getting away from it, especially here in Los Angeles. So what is stress? Here are a couple of definitions culled from some of our reference sources:


Pages

Top