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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, the nation’s standard in determining whether a student has mastered high school standards.



Armenian orphans of the Near East Relief orphanage in Alexandropol (now Gyumri, Armenia)

America, We Thank You

Ani Boyadjian, Principal Librarian, Research & Special Collections, Friday, March 6, 2015

One hundred years ago, on April 24th, 1915, the Ottoman Turkish government enacted a systematic policy to annihilate its Armenian population. From 1915-1930, over a million and a half souls perished.

March 8: International Women’s Day - Graphic

International Women’s Day

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Thursday, March 5, 2015

What is the innermost secret of a woman’s heart?  Throughout centuries, poets, philosophers, devotees in the fields of art and science have come across this question at one time or another.

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Central Docents, Central Library, Thursday, March 5, 2015

As you learn on our daily docent led tours, The Richard J Riordan Central Library has almost 90 years of fascinating history.  But some of most intriguing chapters in the building’s story occurred before the library even opened its doors for the first time in 1926.

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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, March 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.

March 1, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

March 1, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, March 2, 2015

After an absence of a few weeks, 

Broken Hart

Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Saturday, February 28, 2015

During his all-too-brief lifetime, Lorenz Hart penned the words to more than 500 songs, many of which have since found their way into the Great American Songbook.

Vacation Without Humiliation

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Friday, February 27, 2015

As African American Heritage Month draws to a close, I would like to bring your attention to a largely unknown chapter of American history.

What Comes Next? Fiction Series and Sequels

What Comes Next? Fiction Series and Sequels

Robert Anderson, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Are you trying to remember a detective series you enjoyed, but only the main character's first name comes to mind?

From a Tiny Sprout: In Search of Ithaca through First Day of Issues

From a Tiny Sprout: In Search of Ithaca through First Day of Issues

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Imagine receiving a letter from a remote island. Imagine the journey it has ventured to reach the shores of here and now. In what language is the letter? Who is it from? How many years has it been awandering and what adventures has it encountered on its way to us?