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coloring sheet already colored
Brenda Breaux, May 06, 2020

Enjoy these free printable coloring pages representing the architectural details of the beautiful downtown L.A. Central Library, library card art designs and space exploration. Print them out and play with different color combinations.


a librarian using a library photo as virtual background
Madeline Peña, April 14, 2020

Are you using Zoom to communicate with colleagues, family, and friends while staying safe at home? Here's a gallery of library photos you can display as virtual backgrounds during your next meeting.


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, title, auth


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.


drawing of Octavia Butler
Vi Ha, June 11, 2019

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


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 funds for t


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