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4 award winning books from African American authors

African American Heritage Month Book Talk: Part II

February 22, 2021

February is African American Heritage Month and we are celebrating with book recommendations from the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion department collection throughout the month. Titles in this two-part series may be just published or returned to the spotlight during this special month.


4 award winning books from African American authors

African American Heritage Month Book Talk: Part I

February 13, 2021

February is African American Heritage Month and we are celebrating with book recommendations from the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion department collection throughout the month.


Members of the Junior NAACP, 1923, Shades of L.A. Collection

Building a Community: A Look at African American Institutions in Early Los Angeles

February 01, 2021

On this first day of African American Heritage Month, we reflect on the African American community of early Los Angeles.


Three book collage of nonfiction titles

Nonfiction Titles to Educate, Elucidate, and Entertain: Summer Reading Recommendations from the Social Science Department

June 25, 2020

The library’s Summer Reading Challenge 2020 is in full swing and the staff of the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion department are challenging our patrons to read at least 20 minutes a day.


image of a red white and blue Vote button

Your Country. Your Voice. Your Vote.

October 16, 2018

With the November 6 general election fast approaching, we wanted to share some voter and election resources. For information about upcoming voter events at the library, check out our voter information page.


book cover graphic of The Zohar

Book of Radiance

February 09, 2018

The Zohar (aka Sefer Ha-Zohar, or "Book of Radiance") is considered the key religious text of Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism.


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Mandalas: In Search of a Perfect Circle

October 13, 2017

"Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life." –Pema Chodron


Southern California Sunset

April is Stress Awareness Month

April 26, 2017

Stress is everywhere. There is no getting away from it, especially here in Los Angeles. So what is stress? Here are a couple of definitions culled from some of our reference sources:


 Suffragettes on Parade, LAPL Photo Collection (sometime before 1920)

The Legacy of Equal Rights Magazine

March 04, 2017

March 8 marks International Women’s Day, a global celebration that has taken place yearly since the early 1900s. IWD celebrates women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements and contributions, and calls for action to increase gender equality.


Portrait of Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall - an American Hero

February 26, 2017

“You do what you think is right and let the law catch up” - Thurgood Marshall


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