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Love Aaj Kal
Love Aaj Kal
David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, August 28, 2015

Love Aaj Kal (in Hindi – Love “now” and “then” which can also mean “these days”) narrates two parallel love stories from aaj (today) and kal (yesterday). London, San Francisco, Delhi - where would we go, what would we give to find our soulmates? 

Please join us for a free screening of this romantic comedy in Meeting Room...

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LGBT Collections moving to new call number area

Linda Rudell-Betts, Senior Librarian, Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A number of years ago, a young man came to the reference desk with a question for the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion department librarians.  He asked me why books about gay men were next to the shelves with incest and sexual bondage books.  He said that wasn't how he was at a


June 14, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 14, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, June 15, 2015

No changes to the top of the Los Angeles TImes Bests Seller Lists this week as 


Literate Fence

The Literate Fence: Championing Books, Reading & LA’s Diversity

Central Docents, Central Library, Saturday, June 13, 2015

The elegant Literate Fence, on the Fifth Street side of the library, was designed by Washington state industrial metal artist, Ries Niemi (b.1955). The Deco design, completed in 1993, echoes the design of the original library building.


Count Rumford

Stoves, Spies, and Scientists

Andrea Borchert, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department, Friday, June 12, 2015

It’s Summer! Congratulations to everyone for making it through these last few frigid months. Do you know it got as cold as 37℉ in January here in Los Angeles? That’s cold! But we made it through it. With central heating, and fuzzy slippers, cocoa and stoic expressions we made it through.


Bradbury Chronicles

The Bradbury Chronicles

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, June 11, 2015
At Noon on June 15 in Meeting Room A of the Central Library, the Literature and Fiction Department hosts "The Bradbury Chronicles", a talk by Sam Weller, a top Bradbury scholar who worked for 12 years as his authorized biographer.

Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Caribbean-American Heritage Month

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Wednesday, June 10, 2015

¿A dónde vas, humilde trova mía,
así cruzando los extensos mares…?

Where are you going, friendly troubadour,
Crossing the vast seas with a long detour…?


June 7, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 7, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, June 8, 2015

Two former number ones return to the top of the Los Angeles TImes Bests Seller Lists this week as 


Read the Rainbow

Teen Reading Roundup: LGBT YA of 2015

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Teen'Scape, Friday, June 5, 2015
From nonfiction to contemporary romance to speculative fiction, there have been many standout YA titles with LGBT themes released over the past few months.

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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, June 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.


May 31, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

May 31, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, June 2, 2015

David McCullough's, The Wright Brothers, remains #1 on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover


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