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August 27, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library
August 27, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library
David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, August 30, 2017

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta is the new #1 on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List, while Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil Degrasse Tyson returns to the top of...

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Book to movie adaptions for June

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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, June 2, 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.


The Music of Tôru Takemitsu and Japanese New Wave Cinema

The Music of Tôru Takemitsu and Japanese New Wave Cinema

Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Friday, May 26, 2017

As we observe Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Los Angeles Public Library, this is a good occasion to look at some of the interesting examples of Japanese cinema available to our patrons, particularly those featuring scores by composer Tôru


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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.  


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