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Entry from Bernice Kimball's "Streets of Los Angeles"
Entry from Bernice Kimball's "Streets of Los Angeles"
Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, August 4, 2015

What’s in a name?  The stories behind the names of the streets, avenues, roads, and boulevards of Los Angeles reveal much about the history of our city, from its beginning as a tiny pueblo to today's sprawling metropolis of 3.8 million.  A list of L.A. street names provides a “who’s who” of founders, prominent families, politicians, and real estate...

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April 26, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

April 26, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, April 27, 2015
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is number one on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction List this week, while The Life Changing Mag

National Poetry Month

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Friday, April 24, 2015

April is National Poetry Month, “Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 ...


Motorama!

Wendy Horowitz, Librarian, Photo Department, Thursday, April 23, 2015

Despite its plain, utilitarian design and basic functions (mainly stop, go and turn) Henry Ford’s Model T was the first automobile the average American could afford, and as more people became drivers, the romance with the car began.  The steering wheel became a metaphor for independence: cho


April 19, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

April 19, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, April 19, 2015

One week after being displaced atop the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Bestseller Lists, The Girl on the Train


April 12, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

April 12, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, April 13, 2015

The #1 and #2 books on both Los Angeles Times Hardcover Bestseller Lists switched places this week with All the


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Film Screening ~ If Only Everyone

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Monday, April 13, 2015

A free screening of the film If Only Everyone
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 1:15 p. m.


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The Book of Flowers

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Friday, April 10, 2015

Picture a book that can gracefully endure the trials of the centuries – the water, the fire, the sword. What will this book be about? In what language will it be? There is an old legend about an artist-scribe who was being burned along with a precious manuscript.


DIY Origami Bookmarks

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Did you miss out on our origami bookmark program this weekend?


April 5, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

April 5, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, April 6, 2015
Holding steady at number one on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction List for the 10th week in a row is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. 

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Minimum Wage

Richard Kraus, Librarian III, Business Department, Friday, April 3, 2015

The minimum wage, first introduced nationally in the United States through the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, has been an issue of concern and controversy ever since.  In the past few years it has been very much in the news and debated by politicians and


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