From all of us at the Los Angeles Public Library, at Central Library and the 72 branches, we are pleased to present the best books of 2019 as selected by our staff, who volunteered their recommendations.
Over the centuries, various forms of expression have been banned or destroyed, and their creators have been censored, imprisoned, tortured, killed, exiled.
Champagne is a sparkling wine served on festive special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, or to ring in a new year), and to christen boats and ships (military or pleasure). Champagne has a legendary history and a certain cachet.
As 2018 comes to an end, LAPL Reads presents the best books of the year selected by our staff. Since 2011 we have shared our recommendations. You will find a little bit of everything including books by writers whose works you might not be aware of, but definitely deserve attention.
The TV serialization of two novels, Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies, has brought attention to a new crop of novels. They are edgy, psychological, thriller, suspense stories with distinct characteristics.
The documentary films of Frederick Wiseman are compelling, thought-provoking, and chilling in their candor. Wiseman led the way in making us look at subject matter we did not necessarily want to look at, even think about.
Librarians who work at public libraries can find almost anything, even someone’s lost dog. No, they will not look for your lost pooch, but they will provide information about public and private agencies that will. Patrons ask questions and librarians provide information.
In retrospect, it is ironic that the fire took place when it did: April 29, 1986. On that day, progress was quietly continuing with plans for a renovation of the original Central Library and a new multi-level addition.