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Cindy Holsey
Cindy Holsey, October 13, 2018

It was a typical day in my 11th grade English class, except my teacher offered a rare extra credit opportunity—to write a 100-word essay on the topic, "What a Library Means to Me." She explained that our essays would be submitted to the "Save the Books" essay contest, part of an effort to raise f


firefighters climbing ladder with equipment
Neale Stokes, October 13, 2018

October 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the LA Central Library reopening seven years after a catastrophic fire in 1986. In this short film, three people who were at the fire share their memories of the fire and the effort to recover and rebuild.


book covers from 1993
Jack Stephens, October 12, 2018

The Science, Technology & Patents Department is participating in the Central Library Reopening 25th Anniversary celebration with a display of Science Department materials published in 1993.


Families fill the Maguire Gardens on Central Library's reopening day
Curtis Livingston Edwards, October 11, 2018

A month after the first of two fires burned through the Central Library in 1986, a collective effort by the City of Los Angeles raised $3.2 million. This was yet another plus in a major reconstructive campaign lasting 7 and a half years.


TransLogic system tracks running through the library
Kelly Wallace, October 10, 2018

When the gleaming “new” Central Library opened its doors on October 3, 1993, seven years after the devastating fires of 1986, it touted the latest innovations in computer automation.


3 movie posters and books covers
Elizabeth Graney, October 05, 2018

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen.


Jubilant participants during the 1987 Save the Books telethon.
Sheryn Morris, 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.


3 movie posters
Elizabeth Graney, September 04, 2018

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen.


3 book covers of LA Times Best Sellers
David Kelly, August 28, 2018

No changes to the top of the Los Angeles Times Best Seller Lists as My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh remains in the top spot on the


Tom Bradley on an escalator at the opening of the Red Line subway downtown, 1-30-93.
Central Docents, September 06, 2018

“Never give up. Keep your thoughts and your mind always on the goal.” —Tom Bradley


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