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Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library

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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.


Graphic of Michel de Montaigne

And Now for Something Completely Different: Essayer, Try This!

September 05, 2018

Panic and despair are the reactions of many students when asked to write an essay. It does not matter that so many of us are constantly communicating through social media, which is immediate and short in length. By contrast, the essay demands and requires time and thought.


Nadine with Puzzums

And Now For Something Completely Different: International Cat Day

August 08, 2018

August 8 is International Cat Day! Also known as World Cat Day, it's a holiday created to not only celebrate the friendship that humans and cats share but also to advocate for their safety and well-being.


Shakespeare in LA graphic

And Now For Something Completely Different: Shakespeare in L.A

July 25, 2018

In 2017 William Shakespeare was in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Public Library and The Library Foundation of Los Angeles hosted a special exhibit from the Folger Shakespeare Library: America’s Shakespeare - The Bard Goes West.


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And Now For Something Completely Different: Reading Takes You Everywhere: L.A. Fiction

July 18, 2018

Novels and short stories reflect our fair city, which is way beyond diversity—it is truly a cross-section of the world. In the spirit of the Summer Reading Challenge: Reading Takes You Everywhere!


and now for something completely different

And Now For Something Completely Different: No Best Sellers

June 27, 2018

Many books are published every year, and few of them make it to the numerous bestseller lists. Consider the books listed below, where you will find something old and something new to read. Your library card makes it possible to check out hundreds of books and other materials for free.


and now for something completely different

And Now For Something Completely Different: No Best Sellers

June 20, 2018

Many books are published every year, and few of them make it to the numerous bestseller lists. Consider the books listed below, where you will find something old and something new to read.


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