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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, March 2, 2015

After an absence of a few weeks, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up...

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LAPL Reads

LAPL Reads Best of 2014 Book Lists

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Monday, December 22, 2014

The staff of the Los Angeles Public Library thinks these are the best books of 2014.

LAPL Reads presents:  


December 21, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

December 21, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, December 22, 2014

After 31 weeks on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Best Seller List, All the Light We Cannot See


Big List of Best Books of the Year Lists

Big List of Best Books of 2014 Lists

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, December 22, 2014

As we near the end of 2014 its time for the best books of the year lists to make their annual appearances.  Here are a sampling of the Best of 2014:


paper gift bows

Holiday Handiwork DIY paper gift bows

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Couldn't make it to our last craft program? Never fear!


Snow covered cabin with the words Holiday Handiwork across the bottom of the picture

Holiday Handiwork Craft Program - December 13, 2014

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, December 8, 2014

Back in May we showed you how to transform old book pages, sheet music and maps into paper roses. Well, we're at it again! This time, we want to show you how to make those ubiquitous holiday wrapping bows out of recycled library materials.


Conspiracy Theories

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Saturday, December 6, 2014
The term conspiracy theory conjures up a range of images in the public imagination. From complex political cover-ups to chemtrails to tinfoil hats, most people have some conception of what a conspiracy theory encompasses and who follows it.

ALL NIGHT MENU by Sam Sweet

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Friday, December 5, 2014

Author Program:  ALL NIGHT MENU by Sam Sweet


Hartley Burr Alexander: Not Your Typical 20th Century Philosopher

Central Docents, Central Library, Thursday, December 4, 2014

If you’ve ever taken a tour of the Central Library, you’ve probably heard mention of Hartley Burr Alexander, the man who worked with architect Bertram Goodhue on the theme and symbolism of the historic 1926 building.   But in the course of our one hour tours, we never have enough time t


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