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Bugsy Siegel and attorneys
Photograph dated November 14, 1940 shows attorneys Byron Hanna (left) and Jerry Giesler (right) conferring with Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel in a courtroom. Herald Examiner Collection.
Photo Friends, July 21, 2017

On June 20, 1947, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, the East Coast mobster who had relocated to and prospered in Los Angeles and was now intent on building up Las Vegas, sat in his girlfriend’s living room in Beverly Hills. He chatted with his long-time friend and associate, Allen Smiley, while reading the Los Angeles Times. Suddenly, shots exploded through the front window. An unknown assailant...


LAPL Reads Best of 2016 Book Lists

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Monday, December 19, 2016

These are the best books for 2016, selected by Librarians and other staff members of The Los Angeles Public Library.The lists do not reflect best-seller or award lists, but are books selected by those who volunteere

1926 Mural

Original Children's Room Holds Art and ... Secrets!

Central Docents, Central Library, Wednesday, December 14, 2016

I love taking tours through the old children’s room in the Central Library because it’s the only place in the building where one can stand close enough to the ceiling to see how artist Julian Garnsey’s painting skill created the illusion of wooden beams. The secret behind the illusion?

The Cost of Holiday Gifts Over Time

Business & Economics Department, Central Library, Monday, December 12, 2016

Consumers plan to spend an average of $935.58 during the 2016 holiday shopping season according to the National Retail Federation’s annual consumer spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.  Total holiday spending includes gifts for others, self

Movie Theatre Image

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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, December 9, 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.

December 4, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

December 4, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, December 5, 2016

Zadie Smith's, Swing Time debuts at  #1

Shakespeare in Korean

Keumsook Hahn, Librarian, International Languages Department, Friday, December 2, 2016

Los Angeles Public Library is commemorating 400 years of Shakespeare with programs, film screenings, and an exhibit at Central Library from November 2016 to February 2017.


Shakespeare's Universe

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Wednesday, November 30, 2016

“All my best is dressing old words new,” writes William Shakespeare in one of his sonnets. Let’s consider an expression –  “to kiss away” – from the play Antony and Cleopatra –  “We have kissed away kingdoms and provinces.” (Act 3, scene 10).

Chinese New Books - November 2016

Chinese New Books - November 2016

Julie Shu, Librarian, International Languages Department, Tuesday, November 29, 2016

中文新書 – 2016年11月
Chinese New Books – November 2016

歡迎借閲中文新書! 如果您要的書已被借走,您可以預定 (place a hold), 並可要求把書
如您需了解如何查閲圖書館其它中文書籍, 或您有購書建議, 請聯係

Los Angeles Poet Laureate Open Call

Los Angeles Poet Laureate - Open Call for Applications

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Saturday, November 26, 2016


Fountain in Crowded Shopping Mall

Holiday Season--Frenzy and Blues?

Business & Economics Department, Central Library, Friday, November 25, 2016

More and more these days I find myself pondering how to reconcile my net income with my gross habits.