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David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, May 3, 2015

Picture the world map six decades ago. Were all the countries and their flags the same as we know them today? How about traveling a couple of millennia back? What were the Seven Wonders of the ancient world and where did they reside? Where is the Blue Grotto (in Italian: Grotta Azzurra) on our planet, the place with the “unearthly blue light within?” How about the Northern Lights, also known...

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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, March 3, 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.


March 1, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

March 1, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, March 2, 2015

After an absence of a few weeks, 


Broken Hart

Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Saturday, February 28, 2015

During his all-too-brief lifetime, Lorenz Hart penned the words to more than 500 songs, many of which have since found their way into the Great American Songbook.


Vacation Without Humiliation

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Friday, February 27, 2015

As African American Heritage Month draws to a close, I would like to bring your attention to a largely unknown chapter of American history.


What Comes Next? Fiction Series and Sequels

What Comes Next? Fiction Series and Sequels

Robert Anderson, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Are you trying to remember a detective series you enjoyed, but only the main character's first name comes to mind?


From a Tiny Sprout: In Search of Ithaca through First Day of Issues

From a Tiny Sprout: In Search of Ithaca through First Day of Issues

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Imagine receiving a letter from a remote island. Imagine the journey it has ventured to reach the shores of here and now. In what language is the letter? Who is it from? How many years has it been awandering and what adventures has it encountered on its way to us?


Fascinating Rhythm

Fascinating Rhythm

Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

As we enter week three of our "I-Heart-Hart-Fest," some of you might be wondering, "What's the big deal about this Hart guy?"  Well, I am here to tell you that it's all about word choice and rhythm.  Lorenz Hart was a master of both.


February 15, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

February 15, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, February 17, 2015

On the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List this week, 


Love Poetry at the Library

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Saturday, February 14, 2015
Locating Love Poetry in the Literature Department
 
Desperate for something special for that someone special this Valentine's Day?  Ask yourself: what's more moving, more enduring, and much cheaper than flowers?

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