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Central Docents, Central Library, February 8, 2016

Have you ever climbed the old marble staircase in our Central Library and, glancing up, spied a lit window cozily lined with books and plants? Or attended a Saturday puppet show in the Children's Department and noticed, high on the north wall, geometrically patterned perforations that open into an enticing space beyond? In both cases you are seeing the kind of unexpected, slightly mysterious...

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October 25, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

October 25, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, October 26, 2015

M Train, Patti Smith's follow-up memoir to the National Book Award winning


California Ghosts

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Monday, October 19, 2015

Myths and stories about ghosts exist in cultures all over the world thoughout history. The earliest tales of ghosts in America arose in the Puritan colonies of Massachusetts in the 1600s.


Looking South On Hill Street, 1940

Ansel Adams….Yosemite, Manzanar and beyond

Deborah Savage, Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, Wednesday, October 14, 2015

While many books by and about photographer Ansel Adams are in the Art Department, the History Department also holds many books he wrote and illustrated.


Test Preparation for Municipal Occupational Exams

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Saturday, October 10, 2015

Some of the most commonly requested items from the Social Science, Philosophy and Religion department are study guides for municipal occupational exams, such as the Administrative Clerk position (formerly called Clerk Typist).  While the Los Angeles Public Library owns several copies of the


Keeping Investing Simple

Ken Benham, Librarian, Business Department, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Investing should be simple and efficient, if it is to be successful. This is the opinion of investors like Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway 2015 Newsletter) and John Bogle (Vanguard Group - low cost index funds).


October 4, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

October 4, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff debuts at #1 on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List for the week of October 4,


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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. October 2015 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, October 2, 2015

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.


Tessa Kelso in 1893 L.A. City Directory

A Powerful Genealogical Resource: City Directories

Julie Huffman, Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, Thursday, October 1, 2015

City Directories are wolves in sheep’s clothing.  You think you’re cracking open a boring ole phone book but, when you look closer, you'll find loads of clandestine information that phone books are missing.  Sorted alphabetically by last name, these (often-) annual tomes feature not jus


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