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International Languages Department, Central Library, May 27, 2015

“To have friends coming from afar, is it not delightful?” This wise and humane saying can be found in a little red book, titled Quotations from Confucius, published by Shandong Friendship Publishing House. The book is bilingual – Chinese and English – and along with 350 books, it has been graciously donated to Los Angeles Public Library by Nishan Press. The name of the press...

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Funicular Heydays in Downtown Los Angeles

Tamara Holub, Librarian, Business Department, Saturday, February 7, 2015

A funicular railway or incline railway is a short railway located over a steep incline and operates by a cable wire and pulley system in which two tram-like cars on parallel rail tracks almost counter balance each other.  As one car goes up, another goes down.  This railway system becam


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A Very Larry Valentine: the Love Lyrics of Lorenz Hart

Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, February 6, 2015

The best lyricists are poets, albeit with a slightly different skill set.  Their goal is not to make the words sing upon the page, but rather to craft lines that can be sung in real life.  Like Shakespeare's plays, their couplets and stanzas are meant to be heard and not seen.


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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, February 5, 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.


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Environmentalism in Religion

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The origins of the environmental movement in the United States began in response to increasing levels of smoke and air pollution during the Industrial Revolution.


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Where is the Central Library’s Front Door?

Central Docents, Central Library, Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Our free, docent-led Art and Architecture tours of the downtown LA Central Library begin and end in the Main Lobby.   But we are often asked:  where exactly is the library’s front door?  It’s a strange question for a landmark building.  Here's a bit of background on the m


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Mapping the History of African Americans

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

To commemorate Black History month, Central Library offers two maps that exemplify the struggles and triumphs of African-Americans in this country. The first is “Americans of Negro Lineage” by the great Louise E. Jefferson, published by the Friendship Press in 1946.


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Opera in the Library

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Monday, February 2, 2015

A Free Live Music Performance from LA’s Metropolitan Opera

Sunday, February 8, 2015


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Celebrating African American History Month with the LAPL Photo Collection

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Friday, January 30, 2015

Activist Malcolm X appears as a spectator during a 1964 court trial in Los Angeles. (Herald Examiner Collection)


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Around the World in 30 Seconds

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Monday, January 26, 2015

Imagine traveling around the world in thirty seconds, while looking at thirty books – each in a different language. That’s one book per second. Imagine the treasures to be discovered in this short amount of time. Is this possible?


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