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A photograph of Dionne Warwick
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, December 11, 2017

On December 12, 1940, Dionne Warwick was born. Warwick has been one of the most popular singers of the last fifty years, with 69 singles making the pop charts. Aretha Franklin is the only woman with more hits.

Warwick's biggest success came in the 1960s, when she teamed with songwriter/producers Burt Bacharach and Hal David for a string of classic songs – "Don't Make Me Over," "Anyone...


Sanctuary Cities Map

Criminalizing immigration

Jack Stephens, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department, Monday, January 30, 2017

President Donald J. Trump’s January 25, 2017 executive action threatening the withholding of federal funds to sanctuary cities, counties and states has raised again, perhaps as never before, the issue of local law enforcement involvement in immigration enforcement in the United States.

In 1966, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke became the first African American woman elected to the California Assembly, and in 1972, was the first woman elected to the House.

Against All Odds: State & Local African American Politicians in the 1960s

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Monday, January 30, 2017

The 1960s were a transformative period for the country with Civil Rights at the forefront. African Americans gained traction in political positions both at the state and local level, and Los Angeles was no exception. Fortunately, Rolland Curtis was around to document many of these leaders.

Alzheimer’s disease Awareness Day

Alzheimer’s disease Awareness Day

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Lifelong Learning Department, Monday, January 23, 2017

I have to admit, before I started working on this program I did not know much about Alzheimer’s disease.  I basically knew that it was a disease that affected the brain and that older people tended to get this illness.  Though these facts are true, there is so much more that I have lear

Book of Sonnets

The Enduring Popularity of Shakespeare's Sonnets

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, January 20, 2017

This Saturday, January 21, at 2 PM in the Taper Auditori

January 15, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

January 15, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead is the new number one book on the Los Angeles

Novedades en español

Lo nuevo en español: 10 libros interesantes que llegan a la biblioteca este mes

Madeline Peña, Senior Librarian, Digital Content Team, Monday, January 9, 2017

Haz clic en cada título para reservar tu copia en línea y ser el primero en leer estas novedades.

World Cinema Series ~ Celebrating Shakespeare

World Cinema Series ~ Celebrating Shakespeare

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Monday, January 9, 2017

Here is a riddle from Shakespeare: “The more I give to thee, the more I have.” Who speaks these words and what do they mean? Shakespeare’s plays, more than any other author’s works in world literature, have been adapted on screen since the birth of cinema.

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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. January 2017 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, January 5, 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.