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The Seven Centers Ceiling in the Main Lobby
The Seven Centers Ceiling in the Main Lobby
Central Docents, Central Library, September 29, 2014

When you meet your docent in the main lobby of the Central Library, the first art piece you'll see is the vibrant mural overhead that spans the vaulted ceiling. Our daily, free, hour-long art and architecture tour starts right there.

The painting, which measures 36 feet by 36 feet, is by Los Angeles artist Renee Petropoulos, and she named it The Seven Centers.In the early 1990’...

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A Big List of Book Lists I

A Big List of Book Lists

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, March 20, 2014

A round-up of interesting book lists found on the internet on Thursday, March 20, 2014


L.A. Times Bestsellers

March 16, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, March 18, 2014

As it has been for virtually the entire winter, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is the number one book on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List this week.


Nowruz - a New Day: Contemplating the Arrival of Spring

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Friday, March 14, 2014

Daffodils,

That come before the swallow dares, and take

The winds of March with beauty...

O, these I lack,

To make you garlands of… my sweet friend.

 - Perdita, Winter’s Tale (IV, 4)


Suffragettes

Women's History Month

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Image:  Suffragettes on parade, LAPL Photo Collection


picture of storyteller reading to children

Digital Storytelling Workshop Coming to Central Library in April

Vi Ha, Young Adult Librarian, Teen'Scape, Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I grew up in a family of storytellers and so have always had


L.A. Times Bestsellers

March 9, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, March 10, 2014

No changes to the top spots in the both the Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction Best Seller Lists this week.


Flippers, tilts, and balls...oh my!

Alma Brand, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Thursday, March 6, 2014

I can’t quite put my finger on it.  Maybe it’s because of my love for all things 1960’s or because I treasured my family’s Friday nights at Lamppost Pizza as a kid.  It might be the simultaneous bombardment of lights and sounds, compounded with the tactile qualit


L.A. Times Bestsellers

March 2, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, March 5, 2014

After a few weeks of being out of the number one spot on the on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Nonfiction list, David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell is back in the top spot in its 20th week of release


Great Western Railway Poster

Railroadiana

Tamara Holub, Librarian, Business Department, Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Railroadiana refers to an avid interest in railroad history and the collection of railroad artifacts (maps, schedules, lanterns, dinnerware, etc.).  Railway enthusiasts looking for reference and information sources to help augment a collection or pursue personal interests will find in the Bu


Movie Theater Image

Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. March 2014 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Saturday, March 1, 2014

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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