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The intersection of Adams and San Pedro today
Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, May 20, 2016

If you drive through the neighborhood around the intersection of Adams and San Pedro Street today, you will see a strip mall and on the opposite corner a clothing store.  Everywhere you look, there are businesses with signs in Spanish, reflecting the predominantly Latino population.  What you won’t find are many signs of the Chinese community that lived in the area between the 1930s...

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December 13, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

December 13, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Two books return to the top of the Los Angeles Times Best Seller Lists this week. Rogue Lawyer


Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera

Art of Coloratura by Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Tuesday, December 15, 2015

On Saturday, November 14th the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera performed the Art of Coloratura in the Taper Auditorium. This program included highlights from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Leo Delibes, Benjamin Britten, George Frideric Handel and more. 


Happy Holidays from The Herald!

Wendy Horowitz, Librarian, Photo Department, Wednesday, December 9, 2015

It's that time of year again, when we reflect on Peace On Earth and Good Will.  Even the Herald-Express managed to take a break, albeit brief, from violence, heartbreak, scandal and disaster to acknow


Chinatown in the seventies.

Textiles

Vi Ha, Young Adult Librarian, Teen'Scape, Friday, December 4, 2015

My parents worked in the garment industry. My father started out doing bespoke suits in the 1970s and had to constantly reinvent his career as the clothing tastes changed.


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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, December 3, 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.


Animals in Advertising

Galina Stoyanova , Librarian, Business & Economics Department, Tuesday, December 1, 2015

“Animals are popular because they are aspirational. They live for the moment, are true to their affections and they don’t worry about having a bad hair day. Difficult standard for us people to live up to.”    -- Luke Tipping, advertiser.


November 22, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

November 22, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham returns


Teen’Scape Revisited: YA Library after Nearly Two Decades

Central Docents, Central Library, Monday, November 23, 2015

When you take our free, daily, docent-led art and architecture tours of the Los Angeles Central Library, we always point out Teen’Scape, one of the nation’s first libraries within a library designed by and exclusively for teens.  Architect Robert Coffee created the unique space, which opened


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