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James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, May 23, 2017

In celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, why not read a mystery? Try these three great mystery writers of Asian Angeleño heritage who plot intriguing yarns and use the settings of Los Angeles as a background as well as a point of departure. 




Los Angeles Street Names: The Past Coinciding with the Present

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Tuesday, September 20, 2016

In a city as a diverse as Los Angeles, there is one thing we almost all have in common - traffic. While stuck at intersections or on freeways, pondering the heritage of our fair city is probably not on the forefront of everyone's minds.

Economy Election Tag Cloud on Wordle

“It’s the Economy, Stupid”: How the Library May Help You be a Smarter Voter

Richard Kraus, Librarian III, Business Department, Tuesday, September 20, 2016

“It’s the economy, stupid.”  Is a famous political catch phrase started during the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential election campaign and repeated over the years in response to identifying the key issues of election campaig

Celebrate Latino Heritage Month

Latinos at War: The Fight Abroad and at Home in the United States

Llyr Heller, Librarian, Teen'Scape, Monday, September 19, 2016

September marks Latino heritage month. As of 2015 Latinos make up 17.4% of the population in the United States. Historians estimate that around 250,000 to 500,000 out of a total 2.7 million Latinos in the United States served in World War II.

UN World Peace Bell

World Peace Bell Rings Out Message for Peace

Central Docents, Central Library, Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Most visitors to the Central Library’s Maguire Gardens see Jud Fine's “Spine” installation and the unique collection of fountains that grace the gardens, but not everyone notices tucked away in the westernmost corner, nearest Flower Street, a quiet token of the most ambitious possibility, the Wor

Korean New Books

Korean New Books

International Languages Department, Central Library, Friday, September 2, 2016

한국어 신간 도서(새로 들어온 책)

Movie Theatre Image

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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, September 1, 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.

Buddhist monks

Karma: the good, the bad and the creative

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Several months ago while driving home during rush hour on a Friday night, my fiancée and I noticed a young teenager lying unconscious on the side of a busy street.  We pulled over and called 911 to hopefully provide some help for him.