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Central Docents, Central Library, February 8, 2016

Have you ever climbed the old marble staircase in our Central Library and, glancing up, spied a lit window cozily lined with books and plants? Or attended a Saturday puppet show in the Children's Department and noticed, high on the north wall, geometrically patterned perforations that open into an enticing space beyond? In both cases you are seeing the kind of unexpected, slightly mysterious...

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Beyond "Boy Books"

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Teen'Scape, Wednesday, August 19, 2015

It happens all the time at my library. A parent walks up to me and says, “My son has to read a book for school. He’s in 7th grade. He doesn’t really like reading. Can you recommend something?”


August 16, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

August 16, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, August 17, 2015

Harper Lee's return to publishing, Go Set a Watchman


Mixtapes Are Back!

Vi Ha, Young Adult Librarian, Teen'Scape, Friday, August 14, 2015

Not to show my age, but I recently put  together a mixtape after a decade long hiatus.


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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, August 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.


Entry from Bernice Kimball's "Streets of Los Angeles"

The Long and Winding Story of the Streets of Los Angeles

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Tuesday, 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.


August 2, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

August 2, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Harper Lee's return to publishing, Go Set a Watchmanis the new #1 book on


$10 Worth of Controversy

Tamara Holub, Librarian, Business Department, Monday, August 3, 2015

In June 2015, US Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew, introduced The New 10 Campaign in which a woman will be featured on the newly redesigned $10 bill in the year 2020.  The circulation of the new $10 bill will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right t


New Test Preparation for High School Equivalency Certificate Exams

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Wednesday, July 29, 2015

In recent years, high school education in America has evolved to prepare students for the changing demands of entry level careers, vocational and technical schools and introductory college courses.  Change has also come to the GED (General Education Development) high school equivalency exam,


Tech Tuesdays @ Central Library 1st Floor Lobby: E-media at your fingertips

Eileen Y., Librarian, InfoNow, Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Would you like to know how you can download free movies from the library’s website?  Would you like to know how to download free music which you can actually keep?  Would you like to know how you can download e-books to your Kindle or iPad? 


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