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The intersection of Adams and San Pedro today
Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, May 20, 2016

If you drive through the neighborhood around the intersection of Adams and San Pedro Street today, you will see a strip mall and on the opposite corner a clothing store.  Everywhere you look, there are businesses with signs in Spanish, reflecting the predominantly Latino population.  What you won’t find are many signs of the Chinese community that lived in the area between the 1930s...

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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. February 2016 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, February 5, 2016

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.


Saturday Serenade

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Los Angeles Public Library has some very gifted musicians.  When I started working in the Art, Music & Recreation Department I found out that some of my colleagues in the department were musical.


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Going for the Gold: African Americans and the 1984 Olympic Summer Games

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Tuesday, February 2, 2016

As we look towards the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Brazil this summer and possibly a Los Angeles-hosted Olympics in 2024, it's hard to not look back at the 1984 Summer Games which was one of the city's crowning achievements. During two weeks in late July/e


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Central Avenue: Dunbar Hotel

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Tuesday, February 2, 2016

As a salute to Black History Month we present a brief glance at the epicenter of Central Avenue in the once glamorous and glorious Dunbar Hotel.


January 31, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

January 31, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, February 1, 2016

Marie Kondo occupies the top two spots on this week's Los Angeles Times Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers List with 


El Nino Preparation, Solutions and Celebration

Linda Rudell-Betts, Senior Librarian, Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Friday, January 29, 2016

El Nino effect:  rainstorms, rising ocean levels, more storms, flooding, mudslides - how are we supposed to cope with impending disaster in the midst of all the pressing everyday demands on our lives?  El Nino has become a standard late night show punchline, but when confronted with flo


Song A Day For A Month

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Friday, January 29, 2016

Song A Day For A Month is a challenge to all songwriters to write a song every day for one month on the 


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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. Sundance 2016 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, January 27, 2016

In this special edition of Read it First! we're going to be talking about the literary films premiering at the Sundance Film Festival.  The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the United States.


January 24, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

January 24, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, January 24, 2016

In its 88th week of release, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, rem


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Star Wars: These are the books you're looking for

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Saturday, January 16, 2016

Can't get enough of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Immerse yourself in a galaxy far, far away with these Star Wars fiction series.


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