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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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An Unusual Resource for African American Genealogy

Julie Huffman, Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Insurance companies have long provided policies to cover losses of property but, before the end of the Civil War, this also included pay-outs for injury and death of slaves.


February 21, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

February 21, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, February 23, 2016

No changes to the top of the Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Lists this week as My Name is Lucy Barton


FROM MAYA ANGELOU TO TUPAC SHAKUR: SPOTLIGHT ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN POETS

Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, February 22, 2016

Among the many treasures in the Literature & Fiction department is our poetry collection, which clocks in at around 20,000 titles.  Since February is African-American Heritage Month, what better time to spotlight a few of these fabulous poets?


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A Saturday Serenade: Video

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Thursday, February 18, 2016

On Saturday, February 6th the LAPL Musicians performed A Saturday Serenade to an enthusiastic audience in the Taper Auditorium.


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The Language of Love in World Literature

International Languages Department, Central Library, Saturday, February 13, 2016

What is love? Smiling to a stranger? Thinking of a special someone? Visiting the library? “There are as many kinds of love, as there are hearts,” says Tolstoy in Anna Karenina.


Bowie Bonds

Tamara Holub, Librarian, Business Department, Thursday, February 11, 2016

Mourned by his many fans across the world, the late David Bowie (1947-2016), famous musician, performer, fashion icon, artist, and actor, is less widely known for his incredible business acumen.  In 1997, Bowie was the first musician to securitize the rights


Hidden Spaces and Forgotten Places in the Library

Central Docents, Central Library, Monday, 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?


February 7, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

February 7, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, February 8, 2016

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout is #1 on the 


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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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