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Documentary films of Frederick Wiseman
Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, October 17, 2018

The documentary films of Frederick Wiseman are compelling, thought-provoking, and chilling in their candor. Wiseman led the way in making us look at subject matter we did not necessarily want to look at, even think about. His documentaries have explored social, political and cultural aspects of American life and include some of the following: welfare, meat production, luxury shopping, high...


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Author Claire Evans: I Couldn't Have Written This Book Without the Library

Neale Stokes, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Thursday, September 27, 2018

Author Claire L. Evans is a big fan of Los Angeles Public Library and she used the library extensively to research her new book Broad Band.

red orange yellow flames with banned books

And Now for Something Completely Different: Tortured, Jailed, Exiled, but Not Silenced

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Wednesday, 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.

Glen Creason and his daughter Katya celebrate the re-opening of Central Library on a closed-off 5th Street

Central Reopens: Reflections

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The day my own dear Central Library reopened I got my name in the L.A. Times which elicited ragging from pals around the city.

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Lo nuevo en español para niños

Dinorah Pinelo, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Haz clic en cada título para verlo en nuestro catálogo. ¡No esperes y reserva tu copia hoy mismo!

Janos Xantus in front of his sketch from his journal

Hungary Eyes: A Continental Impression of Early Los Angeles

Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian, History and Genealogy Department, Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A number of travelogues have been written about Los Angeles throughout the decades with a myriad of opinions on the cultural and social climate of the city.

DTLA Makers Crafting at a Table with rubber stamps

Calling All Makers!

Jessica Krill, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Monday, September 24, 2018

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, an all-ages festival of invention, creativity, resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

Truman Capote carries an armload of In Cold Blood.

A Week to Remember: Truman Capote

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, September 24, 2018

Truman Capote was born on September 30, 1924. For the first twenty years of his adult life, Capote was one of America's finest writers; later in life, his writing became infrequent and he was principally known as a charming, witty celebrity and talk-show guest.

Man One and Scott Power

What Does it Take to Be a Graffiti Artist: An Artful Interview With Man One and Sourdough

Wendy Westgate, Librarian, Exploration & Creativity Department, Monday, September 24, 2018

Meet Crewest Studio founders Man One and Scott "Sourdough" Power.

3 book covers of new Spanish titles

Lo nuevo en español: 10 libros interesantes que llegan a la biblioteca este mes

Anna Avalos, Senior Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Saturday, September 22, 2018

Los libros en español más leídos y más esperados están disponibles en tu biblioteca. Haz clic en cada título para verlo en nuestro catálogo. ¡No esperes y reserva tu copia hoy mismo!

Saxophonist John Coltrane

Music Friday: John Coltrane

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, September 21, 2018

On September 23, 1926, John Coltrane was born. Coltrane's career was relatively short—about twenty years as a performer, and recordings from only the last decade—but he was one of the most influential saxophone players in jazz history.