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David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, July 21, 2014

When in the second half of the last century Isaac Bashevich Singer was awarded a Noble Prize for Literature, he raised an interesting question: “People ask me often, ‘Why do you write in a dying language?’” And he tried to explain: “There is a quiet humor in Yiddish and a gratitude for every day of life… each encounter of...

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April 6, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

April 6, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, April 7, 2014

As it has been for 21 of the last 22 weeks, Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is on top of the 


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Here Lies Liberty: Steven Anthony and his fight against eminent domain

Wendy Horowitz, Librarian, Photo Department, Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The issue of eminent domain continues to be the subject of heated debate: progress versus preservation, the benefit of the many at the cost of the few, the rights of the county over the rights of the individual.  However, in the case of the ill-fated Hollywood Museum, there was no


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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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.


Underground Newspaper Microfilm Collection

Notes From The Underground

History Department, Central Library, Monday, March 31, 2014

The Underground Newspaper Collection (or Underground Press Collection) is a compilation of alternative/underground newspapers, magazines, newsletters and bulletins (1963-1985) reprinted on microfilm by the Underground Press Syndicate (UPS), later known as the Alternative Press S


Tumblr for Book Lovers

Eileen Y., Librarian, InfoNow, Friday, March 28, 2014

For those not familiar with what tumblr is - in short, tumblr is a combination of a social networking site and a microblogging site. What this means is that people can follow other people’s tumblr blogs, in a type of friends network.


March 23, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, March 24, 2014

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind by Michio Kaku is the new #1 book on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Nonfiction Best Seller


A Big List of Book Lists I

A Big List of Book Lists

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, March 20, 2014

A round-up of interesting book lists found on the internet on Thursday, March 20, 2014


L.A. Times Bestsellers

March 16, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, March 18, 2014

As it has been for virtually the entire winter, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is the number one book on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List this week.


Nowruz - a New Day: Contemplating the Arrival of Spring

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Friday, March 14, 2014

Daffodils,

That come before the swallow dares, and take

The winds of March with beauty...

O, these I lack,

To make you garlands of… my sweet friend.

 - Perdita, Winter’s Tale (IV, 4)


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