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A blog for the Subject Departments of the Central Library

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Central Docents, Central Library, July 15, 2016

Did you know that when Central Library opened in 1926, the entrance at 530 South Hope Street was both the "front door" and mailing address? Patrons entered the gates at Hope Street and walked up a long sloping ramp to a circulation desk at the center of the lower level. In fact, if you peer through the glass doors at street level today, you can still see the original entrance ramp.

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Clara Shortridge Foltz

Who the heck is Clara Shortridge Foltz?

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Monday, March 21, 2016

Who hasn’t received that notice in the mail--the one that commands you to report for jury duty at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center?  As you moan and groan and prepare to wait a very long time for an elevator, do you ever stop and ask yourself, who was Clara Shortridge Foltz


Looking for Answers about Money? Ask a Woman!

Richard Kraus, Librarian III, Business Department, Friday, March 18, 2016

With March being Women’s Heritage Month honoring women for their historical and contemporary contributions it is worth noting that some of the most prominent and popular columnists, bloggers, TV & radio hosts and guests, and authors on the subject of personal finance are women.


Earned Income Tax Credit: Cash Back from BOTH Federal & California Government

Richard Kraus, Librarian III, Business Department, Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The federal government first offered the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in 1975 and has expanded the program over the years.  California is introducing a new additional California Earned Income Tax Credit this year.  The credit provides money even when taxes are not owed.


Big List of Book Lists VIII

Big List of Book Lists VIII - The Lost, Neglected, Forgotten and Underrated

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, March 11, 2016

A round-up of interesting lists of lost, neglected, forgotten and underrated books and authors found on the internet in March, 2016.


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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, March 4, 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.


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Celebrating Women's Heritage Month with the Canoga Rockettes

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The post-War era brought exponential growth to the San Fernando Valley, transforming the region into the quintessential suburbs.


February 28, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

February 28, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, February 29, 2016

For the third week in a row there are no changes to the top of the Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Lists as My Name is Lucy Barton


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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. Special Oscars Edition!

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Saturday, February 27, 2016

Each February, the Academy gathers to honor the best films produced in the previous year and this is quite the literary season for these prestigious awards. Most of the films nominated for the highest accolades were adapted from books!


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