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Scott Joplin
Scott Joplin (1867/68-1917)
Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, February 21, 2017

2017 marks the hundredth anniversary of the death, at the age of 49, of Scott Joplin, one of America's first great composers, and the composer of arguably the first important American opera: Treemonisha. Rooted in African American culture, which we celebrate this month, Treemonisha pre-dated the first successful era of American-composed opera by nearly...

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Mozart: Alpha & Omega

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Lifelong Learning Department, Tuesday, June 28, 2016

On Sunday, May 22 nd the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera performed Mozart: Alpha & Omega in front of a standing-room only crowd in the Taper Auditorium. This title is derived from the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.


Magazine cover with headlines, White Sugar Denounced As Plague, Bragg Opens in New York: Clubs Carry On Teachings

HISTORICAL L.A. HEALTH FADS

Stella Mittelbach, Librarian III, Science, Technology & Patents Department, Friday, June 24, 2016

For decades, Los Angeles (and the rest of Southern California) loved to market itself as a place where you could improve your health in the optimal climate of the region. (Pay no attention to the smog.) But much of the health information, good and bad, from the pre-smog era was hard to come by.


June 19, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 19, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Two new books debut at #1 on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller Lists for the week of June 19, 2016.


Joseph Hansen

Remembering Joseph Hansen: Father of the Gay Mystery Novel

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, June 17, 2016

“The point of fiction is to give the reader for a few hours the chance to be somebody else, to broaden and deepen his understanding of himself and the strangers among whom he has to pass his days.


Happy 90th Birthday, Goodhue Building!

Central Docents, Central Library, Wednesday, June 15, 2016

In July of 1926, Angelenos eagerly awaited the opening of the Los Angeles Central Library's new building, the first permanent home for the fifty-year-old library.


June 12, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 12, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, June 13, 2016

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin debuts as the 


Downtown Los Angeles, George Coupland Thomas, Thomas Brothers Map Company, 1946.

Gay Downtown Los Angeles

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Monday, June 6, 2016

Previously, in writing about Pershing Square I neglected to describe the essential role the place had in the Gay history of Los Angeles. This post is an attempt to redress that lack of research and to recognize LGBT month at Los Angeles Public Library.


June 5, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 5, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, June 6, 2016

 Zero K by Don DeLillo is the 


Movie Theatre Image

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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, June 2, 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.


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