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Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, February 19, 2018

On February 23, 1685, George Frideric Handel was born. Handel was one of the great composers of the Baroque era, particularly noted for his operas and oratorios. His oratorio Messiah has become a standard part of the Christmas season, with annual performances in many large cities.

Handel was born in Halle, in what is now Germany, but was at the time the Duchy of Magdeburg. He...


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CicLAvia and the Los Angeles Public Library

Amanda Charles, Librarian III, Digitization & Special Collections, Monday, October 16, 2017

Inspired by the city of Bogotá, Colombia’s venerable and beloved Ciclovía program, which closes city streets to automobile traffic and opens them to pedestrians and bicycles for several hours on Sundays and holidays, Los Angeles’ CicLAvia program has helped more than 1 million people exp

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Music Monday: Happy Birthday, John Mayer!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, October 16, 2017

Singer-songwriter John Mayer was born 40 years ago today, on October 16, 1977.

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Mandalas: In Search of a Perfect Circle

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Friday, October 13, 2017

"Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life." –Pema Chodron

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Culture For All: Visualizing Language Transforms Central Library

Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Wednesday, October 11, 2017

This month the Los Angeles Public Library is celebrating Latino Heritage Month, and it’s especially timely as a new exhibition at Central Library recently opened to the publi

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A Week to Remember: Ada Lovelace Day

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 10 is Ada Lovelace Day, an annual celebration of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) The event began in 2009 as a challenge to bloggers to post on the same day about women in STEM, and is now internationally observed.

October 8, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

October 8, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, October 9, 2017

No changes to the top of the Los Angeles Times Bestseller Lists as A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre remains at the top of the Fiction Hardcover List for the 3rd week in a row and&n

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Music Monday: Thelonious Monk

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, October 9, 2017

On October 10, 1917, the jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk was born. Monk is one of the most frequently recorded jazz composers, even though he only wrote about 70 pieces during his career.

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Teen Read Week: What Will You Unleash!?

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Sunday, October 8, 2017

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually in October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.

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Word Processing Is for Memos and Term Papers, Not Your Novel

Catherine Royalty, Senior Librarian, Acquisitions, Saturday, October 7, 2017

Are you an author? Have you written a book using a word processing program, and the finished product looks a little…underwhelming? Do you want to sell your book through an online distributor or print on demand service, but want to make sure it comes out looking great?

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Read It First! Film Adaptations Headed to Theatres Near You. October 2017 Edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, October 6, 2017

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.