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close up of card catalog
Central Docents, March 04, 2020

While it's true that information on the 2.8 million items in the Central Library is on computer servers that take up a tiny space compared to the hundreds of drawers of catalog cards once used, one can still view some of our collections the old-fashioned way, complete with Dewey decimal number, t


colorful close up of herbs and spices
Ana Campos, December 27, 2019

Beginning a new year has many of us pledging to change our diet so we can lose a few pounds. But eating healthier food is so much more than just maintaining and managing our weight. For better or worse, everything we eat and drink has an impact on our bodies and well-being.


best of 2019 books wrapped up in a bow
Sheryn Morris, December 19, 2019

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.


wooden spoon and bowl of honey next to a lemon
Ana Campos, October 02, 2019

When we think of health and wellness, diet and exercise usually come to mind. But we can also include self-care—personal grooming and hygiene as part of maintaining our overall physical and mental well-being.


wooden spoon and bowl of honey next to a lemon
Ana Campos, October 01, 2019

Cuando pensamos en la salud y el bienestar, generalmente nos viene a la mente la dieta y el ejercicio. Pero también podemos incluir el autocuidado del aseo personal y la higiene como parte del mantenimiento general de nuestro bienestar físico y mental.


Boxing of damaged books
Central Docents, September 30, 2019

I have always loved books. When I was five, I pleaded with my mother for books...Little Golden Books, about lambs and engines and whatever...and she helped me learn to read them. In junior high and high school, I was a library helper.


librarians playing ukuleles
Jené Brown, September 26, 2019

For the first time, the Los Angeles Public Library invited all of its volunteers to a single recognition event at Central Library: Aloha after Dark.


drawing of Octavia Butler
Vi Ha, June 11, 2019

“Habit is persistence in practice.”—Octavia E. Butler


Susan Orlean holding the Library Book
Keith Kesler, March 12, 2019

The Library Book by Susan Orlean has introduced our downtown gem to a whole new audience.


Still from digital animation based on artwork in central library
Neale Stokes, March 07, 2019

Beginning this March, visitors to the library will see a new series of generative digital animations on the Central Library Video Wall. Designed for the library by StandardVision, the animations draw inspiration from Central’s distinctive art and architecture.


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