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Central Docents, Central Library, August 27, 2015

Our free, daily, art and architecture tour of L.A.'s Central Library almost always begin by taking a look at the exterior of the historic 1926 Goodhue Building.  Architect Bertram Goodhue and his colleague, Carlton Winslow, conceived the expansive Flower Street area as an outdoor reading room, filled with trees, plants, and sitting areas. 

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May 10, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

May 10, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, May 11, 2015
In its 51st week on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Best Seller List, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is back in the top spot, displacing

Asian & Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Monday, May 11, 2015

May is Asian & Pacific Islander American Heritage Month which was officially designated and signed into law in 1992.


National Bike Month

Teenscape Department, Central Library, Thursday, May 7, 2015

Central Library will be honoring National Bike Month this May with a few special programs centered around the bicycle. Starting with National Bike to Work Week, May 11 to May 15.


Why You Should Take the Ukulele Seriously

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Wednesday, May 6, 2015

“The ukulele is a toy guitar and not worth a second thought.”    
           - Hart Stillwell, ESQUIRE, October 1940


May 3, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

May 3, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, May 4, 2015
No changes to the top of the Los Angeles Times Best Seller Lists this week as The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is number one on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction List, while 

World Wonders: Pictorial Jigsaw Puzzle / World Map

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Sunday, May 3, 2015

Picture the world map six decades ago. Were all the countries and their flags the same as we know them today? How about traveling a couple of millennia back? What were the Seven Wonders of the ancient world and where did they reside?


Julian Garnsey

Julian Garnsey: Artist and Architectural Collaborator

Central Docents, Central Library, Saturday, May 2, 2015

Our free daily docent-led art and architecture tour of the Los Angeles Central Library always includes a stop in the International Languages Department, through which visitors can find the Library's original 1926 Children's Department, with its decorated ceiling and Ivanhoe-themed murals.


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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, May 1, 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.


Berkshire Hathaway Inc. at 50: ~$216,000 per Share

Ken Benham, Librarian, Business Department, Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway 2015 Newsletter celebrates its fiftieth, golden anniversary of profitable returns for investors.


Conflicting Feelings and “Opposing Viewpoints”

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Tuesday, April 28, 2015

April brings conflicting feelings. The weather is warming up and you know what that means?  It’s time to have some fun outdoors. Barbeque season has arrived!  Throw that nice piece of ribeye steak on the grill and ‘cue it just right.


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