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June 18, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library
June 18, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library
David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, June 21, 2017

New titles grace the top of both the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction and Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers Lists this week as Camino Island by John Grisham debuts at #1 on the Fiction Bestseller List, while...

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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.


February 12, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

February 12, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead regains the #1 on

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Two LAPL Love Stories

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Los Angeles Public Library has several branches and community rooms named in honor of notable writers. Two branches are named in honor of writers whose lives include wonderful love stories.


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