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Several Oscar aware statuettes lined up
Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, 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! Look below for the complete listing of nominated adapted films and check our catalog for available copies of these titles today! 

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Are There Hidden Masonic Symbols on the Los Angeles Central Library?

Central Docents, Central Library, Friday, October 21, 2016

Since I began leading docent tours eight years ago at the Los Angeles Central Library, some tour goers ask—is hidden Masonic symbolism contained in the art that decorates the library?


October 16, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

October 16, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett remains at number one on the


Mobster Modes

Wendy Horowitz, Librarian, Photo Collection, Tuesday, October 18, 2016

"Clothes make the man", wrote Mark Twain.


Chinese New Books - October 2016

Chinese New Books - October 2016

Julie Shu, Librarian, International Languages Department, Thursday, October 13, 2016

中文新書 - 2016.10 
Chinese New Books - 10.2016

歡迎借閲中文新書! 如果您要的書已被借走,您可以預定 (place a hold), 也可要求把書送到您附近的分舘。
如您需了解如何查閲圖書館其它中文書籍, 或您有購書建議, 請聯係language@lapl.org


2016 National Book Award Finalists Released

2016 National Book Award Finalists Released

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The National Book Foundation has announced the National Book Award shortlists for 2016.  The


October 9, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

October 9, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, October 11, 2016

No changes to the top of the Los Angeles Times Bestseller Lists as Commonwealth by Ann Patchett 


Movie Theatre Image

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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, October 7, 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.


Chinese Simplified Character Books  2014 - 2016

简体字中文书 2014 - 2016年 Chinese Simplified Character Books 2014 - 2016

Julie Shu, Librarian, International Languages Department, Tuesday, October 4, 2016

简体字中文书 2014 - 2016年
Chinese Simplified Character Books  2014 - 2016

欢迎借阅中文新书! 如果您要的书已被借走,您可以預定 (place a hold), 也可要求把书
送到您附近的分馆。
如您需了解如何查閲图书馆其它中文书籍, 或您有购书建议, 请联系language@lapl.org


October 2, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

October 2, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, October 3, 2016

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett debuts at number one on the


The words stand up for your right to read with flames in the background.

Books on Trial: Banned Books Week

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, September 25, 2016

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


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