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International Languages Department, Central Library, 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. “Love, that moves the sun and the other stars,” are the concluding words of Dante’s Divine Comedy

The world literature is a symphony of loving and liking...

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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


Being a Central Library Docent

Central Docents, Central Library, Tuesday, September 29, 2015

If you love the historic Central Library’s art and architecture, why not share that passion with others?


September 27, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

September 27, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, September 28, 2015

Purity by Jonathan Franzen remains the 


Central Library's Hope Street facade: sculpture of Nicholaus Copernicus

The Astronomer and the Banned Book

Bob Timmermann, Senior Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Dept., Friday, September 25, 2015

If you enter the Central Library on Hope Street, there are six sculptures that appear on the facade of the building.


FIRST ANNUAL BRUCKMAN AWARD

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, September 23, 2015

When John Bruckman came to the Los Angeles Public Library in 1953, he delighted in his work in the History Department.  Passionate about the history of his adopted state of California, he prowled the sta


September 20, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

September 20, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, September 20, 2015

Purity by Jonathan Franzen is the new 


The City of Los Angeles' 311

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Saturday, September 19, 2015

In the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion Department we often field questions from residents of the City of Los Angeles pertaining to city services and the government.  In support of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s commitment to increasing access to city services,  the Los Angeles Public L


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Librarians to Publishers: More Latin@ Books, Please!

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Teen'Scape, Wednesday, September 16, 2015

According to the 2013 American Community Survey, over 1.8 million Hispanic or Latino people live in the City of Los Angeles, or 48.6% of the population.


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A History of Latino Activism in Los Angeles

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The influence of Latino heritage and culture has long been prevalent in the city of Los Angeles. This includes a history of activism relating to causes at the local, state, national, and international levels.


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