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. But if you don't know your beloved series is coming out as a movie or that the fun looking preview you saw was adapted from a book, how can you join the debate? The Library to the rescue! Here we will be exploring the movie adaptations soon to hit your local theatres and give you the chance to read before you view.
When I received the call last September from Mayor Eric Garcetti that I’d been chosen as the new Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, I had to keep this quiet until the official announcement in October. However, I did mention this to a few people, most of whom looked at me with a smile and confused expression.
“What’s a ‘poet laureate’?” one asked.
My so-called best friend wisecracked, “Did you say ‘poet illiterate’?”
I knew then I was in trouble.
The origins of the environmental movement in the United States began in response to increasing levels of smoke and air pollution during the Industrial Revolution. However, the U.S movement did not really take off until the latter half of the 20th century as people began to recognize the costs of environmental negligence, disease, and widespread air and water pollution through several environmental disasters that occurred post-World War II.
Our free, docent-led Art and Architecture tours of the downtown LA Central Library begin and end in the Main Lobby. But we are often asked: where exactly is the library’s front door? It’s a strange question for a landmark building. Here's a bit of background on the many entrances:
When architect Bertram Goodhue started plans for the library in 1922, he intended for the main entry to face Hope Street. At that time, the City didn't even own the land that runs from the library to Flower Street.
A Free Live Music Performance from LA’s Metropolitan Opera
Sunday, February 8, 2015
It is often said that Don Carlo is Giuseppe Verdi’s most ambitious masterpiece. This emotion-filled opera about love and politics in 16th Century Spain is also one of his most profound operas. This opera premiered in Paris in 1867 and was reworked several times to Verdi’s specifications. La Traviata, Otello and Aida may be more well-known, but Don Carlo is the opera lover’s dream opera.
To commemorate Black History month, Central Library offers two maps that exemplify the struggles and triumphs of African-Americans in this country. The first is “Americans of Negro Lineage” by the great Louise E. Jefferson, published by the Friendship Press in 1946. Louise Jefferson is one of the truly remarkable cartographers who used their graphic arts skills to create pictorial maps, painting landscapes that continue to bring insights into the social history of America.
The best lyricists are poets, albeit with a slightly different skill set. Their goal is not to make the words sing upon the page, but rather to craft lines that can be sung in real life. Like Shakespeare's plays, their couplets and stanzas are meant to be heard and not seen. But song lyrics--love lyrics in particular--are also there to enhance a piece of music, to convey emotion and personality through song--in short, to tell a miniature story or add dimension to a larger one.
Activist Malcolm X appears as a spectator during a 1964 court trial in Los Angeles. (Herald Examiner Collection)
Imagine traveling around the world in thirty seconds, while looking at thirty books – each in a different language. That’s one book per second. Imagine the treasures to be discovered in this short amount of time. Is this possible? Yes, indeed, if we have the knowledge of deciphering a letter code.
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