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Betsy Graves Reyneau. Thurgood Marshall (detail). 1956. Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Web.
Betsy Graves Reyneau. Thurgood Marshall (detail). 1956. Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Web.
Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, February 26, 2017

“You do what you think is right and let the law catch up” - Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American appointed to the Supreme Court in 1967.  On his way to serving on the high court, Marshall put together an impressive legal career as an attorney.  He was known as a tenacious defender of civil rights and made it his life’s purpose to fight inequality...

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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. September 2016 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, September 1, 2016

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.


Buddhist monks

Karma: the good, the bad and the creative

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Several months ago while driving home during rush hour on a Friday night, my fiancée and I noticed a young teenager lying unconscious on the side of a busy street.  We pulled over and called 911 to hopefully provide some help for him.

Lee Lawrie's Wise Owls Decorate the Library

Central Docents, Central Library, Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The doors of wisdom are never shut. - Benjamin Franklin

The classic icon of wisdom, the owl, is found in several places around the original Bertram Goodhue Library building. These owls are not hidden, but they may not be obvious to the casual visitor.


August 14, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

August 14, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, August 15, 2016

The Girls by Emma Cline remains #1 on the Lo


Chinese New Books - August 2016

Julie Shu, Librarian, International Languages Department, Saturday, August 13, 2016

中文新書 - 2016.8 
Chinese New Books - 8.2016


International L.A.

Teresa Mons, Librarian, Young Adult Services, Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Los Angeles has been a multi-cultural, polyglot city from the earliest times.


August 7, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

August 7, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, August 8, 2016

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi regains the #1 spot on the 


Groovy, complicated heraldic achievement

The Language of Heraldry

Julie Huffman, Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, Monday, August 8, 2016

I recently completed an online heraldry class conducted by the University of Strathclyde, and I learned a great deal that will be helpful to me as a genealogy librarian. 


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