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Some Bubbly to Ring in 2019

December 29, 2018

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.


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LAPL Reads: Best of 2018

December 19, 2018

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.


Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde

Good Gals Gone Bad, Gone Good...Maybe

November 01, 2018

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.


Law symbols - Scales of Justice, Pie for Plaintiff, and Delta for Defendant

Did You Hear the One About the Lawyer?

October 24, 2018

Many people have felt like screaming at lawyers—their own, or someone else’s. A major problem for non-lawyers is communication.


Documentary films of Frederick Wiseman

A Visit to the Doc: The Frederick Wiseman Collection

October 17, 2018

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.


 Librarian Bob Anderson stands behind the reference desk of the Literature & Fiction Department

And Now for Something Completely Different: Questions Are Librarians' Stock in Trade

October 10, 2018

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.


Jubilant participants during the 1987 Save the Books telethon.

Save the Books!

September 28, 2018

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.


red orange yellow flames with banned books

And Now for Something Completely Different: Tortured, Jailed, Exiled, but Not Silenced

September 26, 2018

During Banned Books Week we celebrate freedom of speech and freedom to read. Over the years books, paintings, and movies have been banned, and their creators have been imprisoned, tortured, or exiled in attempting to silence or obliterate them.


Group portrait of the Aztecas, a girl's baseball team based in Pacoima, with their manager. Della Fonseca (later Ortega) is standing, second from right,

And Now for Something Completely Different: The Latino Baseball History Project

September 19, 2018

Baseball is considered to be an all-American sport, but not all Americans have been able to fully participate. The history of Mexican American baseball bears witness to that.


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