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Central Docents, Central Library, July 15, 2016

Did you know that when Central Library opened in 1926, the entrance at 530 South Hope Street was both the "front door" and mailing address? Patrons entered the gates at Hope Street and walked up a long sloping ramp to a circulation desk at the center of the lower level. In fact, if you peer through the glass doors at street level today, you can still see the original entrance ramp.

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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, January 6, 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.


Sculptor Jud Fine Reflects on the Maguire Gardens’ SPINE

Central Docents, Central Library, Monday, January 4, 2016

The incised metal steps that lead from Flower Street to the Central Library are part of an “art plan integrated with an architectural plan” now known as “Spine,” and the highlight of The Maguire Gardens. It is “not an installation or a sole art project,” says primary artist, Jud Fine.


Big List of Best Books of 2015 Lists

Big List of Best Books of 2015 Lists

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, January 4, 2016

With the end of 2015 its time for the best books of the year lists to make their annual appearances.  Here are a sampling of the Best of 2015:


December 27, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

December 27, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, December 27, 2015

In its 84th week on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List, All the Light We Cannot See


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Business e-Books in OverDrive

Business & Economics Department, Central Library, Saturday, December 26, 2015

Business e-Books have MOVED from Axis360 to OverDrive!  Axis360 was phased out in November 2015 but many of the e-Book titles selected by the Business & Economics Depar


The Force is strong at Los Angeles Public Library!

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Thursday, December 24, 2015

Unless you are living in a galaxy far, far away you have heard about the December 18, 2015 release of Star Wars: the Force Awakens. Fans of all ages of the Star Wars movies are excited about this new chapter in the saga.


December 20, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

December 20, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff returns to the


LAPL Reads Best of 2015 Book Lists

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Wednesday, December 16, 2015

These are the best books for 2015, selected by Los Angeles Public Library, Librarians and other staff members.


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


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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. 


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