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A blog for the Subject Departments of the Central Library

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The words stand up for your right to read with flames in the background.
Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, September 25, 2016

This September 25th through October 1st, celebrate the 34th annual Banned Books Week with us!  

"Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Ammendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books week...

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Beloved, Gone and Reimagined: Small Business in LA and @LAPL

Millie Chong-Dillon, Librarian, Business & Economics Department, Thursday, June 30, 2016

I cried the day my local hardware store closed up shop forever.  Donald Jordon’s Empire Hardware served the Granada Hills community for over 60 years, offering expert advice and stocking every conceivable nail, screw and toilet repair part to Valley customers with aging 50 y


Mozart: Alpha & Omega

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Tuesday, June 28, 2016

On Sunday, May 22 nd the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera performed Mozart: Alpha & Omega in front of a standing-room only crowd in the Taper Auditorium. This title is derived from the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.


Magazine cover with headlines, White Sugar Denounced As Plague, Bragg Opens in New York: Clubs Carry On Teachings

HISTORICAL L.A. HEALTH FADS

Stella Mittelbach, Librarian III, Science, Technology & Patents Department, Friday, June 24, 2016

For decades, Los Angeles (and the rest of Southern California) loved to market itself as a place where you could improve your health in the optimal climate of the region. (Pay no attention to the smog.) But much of the health information, good and bad, from the pre-smog era was hard to come by.


June 19, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 19, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Two new books debut at #1 on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller Lists for the week of June 19, 2016.


Joseph Hansen

Remembering Joseph Hansen: Father of the Gay Mystery Novel

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, June 17, 2016

“The point of fiction is to give the reader for a few hours the chance to be somebody else, to broaden and deepen his understanding of himself and the strangers among whom he has to pass his days.


Happy 90th Birthday, Goodhue Building!

Central Docents, Central Library, Wednesday, June 15, 2016

In July of 1926, Angelenos eagerly awaited the opening of the Los Angeles Central Library's new building, the first permanent home for the fifty-year-old library.


June 12, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 12, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, June 13, 2016

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin debuts as the 


Downtown Los Angeles, George Coupland Thomas, Thomas Brothers Map Company, 1946.

Gay Downtown Los Angeles

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Monday, June 6, 2016

Previously, in writing about Pershing Square I neglected to describe the essential role the place had in the Gay history of Los Angeles. This post is an attempt to redress that lack of research and to recognize LGBT month at Los Angeles Public Library.


June 5, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 5, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, June 6, 2016

 Zero K by Don DeLillo is the 


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