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Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, January 15, 2018

Janis Joplin was born on January 19, 1943. Joplin was one of the most important rock singers of the late 1960s. Her recording career included only four albums, released in less than four years, but her style, personality, and voice have been influential on women in rock ever since.

Joplin began performing while she was a student at the University of Texas at Austin. The academic life did...


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We Had a Blast at the DTLA Mini Maker Faire!

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Saturday, December 16, 2017

Our Second DTLA Mini Maker Faire was an amazing feat of low-tech, hi-tech, family, friends, and fun! With more than 40 makers and crowds of over 1800 visitors, every corner of our beautiful library was abuzz with STEAM activity.

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Local Author Spotlight: Adam Kargman

Catherine Royalty, Senior Librarian, Acquisitions, Friday, December 15, 2017

Adam Kargman is an attorney who lives in Los Angeles.

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My Favorite Books of 2017

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, December 14, 2017

Season’s Readings everyone! As 2017 draws to a close, I thought it might be interesting to look back at what I’ve read over the last twelve months and try to highlight my favorite books this year.

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Top Tens at the Library

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

It’s the time of year for lists: Recommendations, best of’s and favorites.

December 10, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

December 10, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Artemis by Andy Weir is the new #1 book on the Los Angeles Times Fiction Hardcover List for the week of December 10, 2017, while 

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A Week to Remember: Arthur C. Clarke

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, December 12, 2017

On December 16, 1917, Arthur C. Clarke was born. Clarke was a science and science fiction writer, perhaps best remembered as the co-writer of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Music Monday: Happy Birthday, Dionne Warwick!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, 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.

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Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue Part I: Artist in Many Mediums

Central Docents, Central Library, Saturday, December 9, 2017

Architect Bertram G. Goodhue (1869-1924) was a gifted and multi-faceted artist. He began drawing as a young child, first with pen and pencil and later with watercolors.

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Ugly Sweater Weather

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It’s December, which means it's ugly sweater weather!

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Read, Write, and Play Music at the Library

Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Tuesday, December 5, 2017
The Art, Music & Recreation Department at Central Library will now be providing a musical keyboard for patron use in