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The words stand up for your right to read with flames in the background.
Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, September 25, 2016

This September 25th through October 1st, celebrate the 34th annual Banned Books Week with us!  

"Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Ammendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books week...

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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, January 27, 2016

In this special edition of Read it First! we're going to be talking about the literary films premiering at the Sundance Film Festival.  The Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the United States.


January 24, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

January 24, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, January 24, 2016

In its 88th week of release, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, rem


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Star Wars: These are the books you're looking for

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Saturday, January 16, 2016

Can't get enough of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Immerse yourself in a galaxy far, far away with these Star Wars fiction series.


January 10, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

January 10, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Two books that have been on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Bestseller Lists for over a year return to the top again this week.


January 3, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

January 3, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff returns to the top spot on the Los Ang


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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, January 6, 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.


Sculptor Jud Fine Reflects on the Maguire Gardens’ SPINE

Central Docents, Central Library, Monday, January 4, 2016

The incised metal steps that lead from Flower Street to the Central Library are part of an “art plan integrated with an architectural plan” now known as “Spine,” and the highlight of The Maguire Gardens. It is “not an installation or a sole art project,” says primary artist, Jud Fine.


Big List of Best Books of 2015 Lists

Big List of Best Books of 2015 Lists

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, January 4, 2016

With the end of 2015 its time for the best books of the year lists to make their annual appearances.  Here are a sampling of the Best of 2015:


December 27, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

December 27, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, December 27, 2015

In its 84th week on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List, All the Light We Cannot See


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Business e-Books in OverDrive

Business & Economics Department, Central Library, Saturday, December 26, 2015

Business e-Books have MOVED from Axis360 to OverDrive!  Axis360 was phased out in November 2015 but many of the e-Book titles selected by the Business & Economics Depar


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