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Aerial view of fire, April 29,1986. Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Central Docents, Central Library, April 29, 2016

This year, 2016, marks the 30th anniversary of the most catastrophic fire of a library building in the U.S. It occurred at our Central Library.

Fire and library experts had been warning for years that, should a fire occur, it would be catastrophic, destroy everything, both contents and the structure.

Taking that as the dire warning it was, the city...

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Pictorial Map of Mexico, Fischgrind Publishing, Cartographer Miguel Gomez Medina, 1931

Pictorial Map of Mexico

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Tuesday, September 15, 2015

This masterpiece of pictorial mapping is an original from the earliest printings of the famed Fischgrind Publishing house and one of the mysterious Miguel Gomez Medina’s greatest works.


September 13, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

September 13, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, September 14, 2015

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr remains 


SCORE LA Website

SCORE for Your Business at the Central Library

Richard Kraus, Librarian III, Business Department, Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Los Angeles Public Library Business & Economics Department in the Central Library has recently started a relationship with SCORE to offer free, confidential one-on-one small business counseling and m


Movie Theatre image

Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. September 2015 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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.


Septermber 6, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

September 6, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, September 6, 2015

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, in its 68th week on the List, is at #


Tai Chi

Classic Tai Chi Classes

International Languages Department, Central Library, Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Please join us for the second series of free classic Tai Chi classes by Instructor Bill Cheng. Each class will include introduction and interpretation of classic Tai Chi forms, exercises, as well as questions and answers. 


August 30, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

August 30, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, August 31, 2015

Two long time denizens of the Los Angeles Times Bestseller Lists return to the top this week as All the Light We Cannot


Fountains Add History, Peace to Library’s Gardens

Central Docents, Central Library, Thursday, August 27, 2015

Our free, daily, art and architecture tour of L.A.'s Central Library almost always begin by taking a look at the exterior of the historic 1926 Goodhue Building.  Architect Bertram Goodhue and his colleague, Carlton Winslow, conceived the expansive Flower Street area as an outdoor reading roo


Hindi

Hindi: One and One Make Eleven

International Languages Department, Central Library, Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What is one take away one? Can the answer be expressed in Roman numerals? As a number, the concept of zero has come to us, by way of Arabic, all the way from India. 


August 23, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

August 23, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, August 24, 2015

No changes to the top of either of the Los Angeles Times Best Seller Lists, Harper Lee's, 


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