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 The Cheltenham Alphabet Spout, designed by Jud Fine, which graces LUCID, the middle of three ponds in Spine.
The Cheltenham Alphabet Spout, designed by Jud Fine, which graces LUCID, the middle of three ponds in Spine.
Central Docents, Central Library, February 17, 2018

After nearly a century, the Los Angeles Central Library still reflects architect Bertram G. Goodhue's vision that buildings should be “literate,” using symbolic expressions to make them distinctive and eternal.

To instill his vision, Goodhue asked Hartley Burr Alexander to develop an iconography of symbols of great thought, which sculptor Lee Lawrie incorporated in both the exterior and...


February 11, 2018 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

February 11, 2018 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, February 16, 2018

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng retakes the top spot on the Los Angeles Times Fiction Hardcover List for the week of February 11, 2018, while 

book jacket cover and author Nina LaCour

We Are Way More Than Okay

Hillary St. George, Senior Librarian, Cahuenga Branch Library, Friday, February 16, 2018

On Tuesday February 12, the Oscar Awards of young adult and children’s literature were held in the early morning hours in Denver, Colorado.

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Oscar Favorites At The Library

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Oscar nominations are out! And while we are usually partial to the book, every once in awhile Hollywood manages to catch some of the magic of the text on screen. Here are the films adapted from books that caught the eye of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences this year.

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A Tribute to Maria Callas: Scenes from Verdi's "La Traviata" & Bellini's "Norma"

Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Wednesday, February 14, 2018
On Saturday February 17, 2018 from 1 p.m.

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See's Candy: A Sweet Success Story

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Wednesday, February 14, 2018

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” ― Charles M. Schulz.

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Make a Date for Romance

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February is the month for love and romance whatever language you speak: amor, l’amour, cinta, pag-ibig, liebe, люблю, 愛.

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A Week to Remember: Random Acts of Kindness Day

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, February 13, 2018

In 1982, writer Anne Herbert put a more positive spin on the expression "random acts of violence and senseless acts of cruelty," arguing that we should instead practice "random kindness and senseless acts of beauty." Today, her sentiment is most commonly expressed as "random acts of kindness

Music Monday image of a traditionally dressed Japanese woman in a kimono, looking out a window. A view of cherry blossom trees are present

Music Monday: Madama Butterfly

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, February 12, 2018

On February 17, 1904, Giacomo Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly had its premiere performance at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. It tells the story of a tragic romance between a young Japanese woman and an American naval officer.

Portada de libros

Lo nuevo en español para niños

Dinorah Pinelo, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Saturday, February 10, 2018

Los libros en español para niños más esperados este mes ya están disponibles en nuestro catálogo. Haz clic en cada título para reservar tu copia en línea y ser el primero en leer estas novedades con tus pequeños.

book cover graphic of The Zohar

Book of Radiance

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Friday, February 9, 2018

The Zohar (aka Sefer Ha-Zohar, or "Book of Radiance") is considered the key religious text of Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism.