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02/16/2020
Behind the Scenes: LAPL Historic Portraits Project

Go behind the scenes to see how Standard Vision created these ultra-slow motion videos honoring six historic Angelenos.

Go behind the scenes of the library's Historic Portraits Project, a series of digital art pieces celebrating six people who helped shape Los Angeles, and sta...

02/16/2020

Heads up, the catalog and patron accounts (holds, renewals, and fines) will be unavailable from Sunday, February 16 through Monday, February 17.

Go behind the scenes to see how Standard Vision created these ultra-slow motion videos honoring six historic Angelenos: ...
02/15/2020

Go behind the scenes to see how Standard Vision created these ultra-slow motion videos honoring six historic Angelenos: http://lapl.me/EBDmZFp

Happy Valentine's Day! Feels like a good time to share the “Heart of Los Angeles” map from 1931.
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day! Feels like a good time to share the “Heart of Los Angeles” map from 1931.

As if you needed an excuse to check out steamy romance cover art.
02/14/2020
Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Steamy Romance Cover Art

As if you needed an excuse to check out steamy romance cover art.

One of the coolest things about working at the Central Library is getting to be around our amazing collection. We have amassed quite a few books since we opened our doors in 1926—the Fiction collection alone boasts over 375,000 titles! There are treasures everywhere just waiting to be found, like ...

Learn beginning embroidery and make your own ribbon bookmark to take home. 📍 Central Library🗓 February 25, 12:00 pm🔗 htt...
02/13/2020

Learn beginning embroidery and make your own ribbon bookmark to take home.
📍 Central Library
🗓 February 25, 12:00 pm
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Yesterday we premiered our Living Portraits project that showcases the diversity of the people who built this city: http...
02/13/2020

Yesterday we premiered our Living Portraits project that showcases the diversity of the people who built this city: https://lapl.org/portraits

Yesterday we premiered our Living Portraits project that showcases the diversity of the people who built this city: https://lapl.org/portraits

Francine Orr, a veteran photographer for the Los Angeles Times, has documented Los Angeles’ homeless crisis for years. E...
02/12/2020
Rough Sleeping: Female Homelessness in L.A. - Photographs by Francine Orr | Los Angeles Public Library

Francine Orr, a veteran photographer for the Los Angeles Times, has documented Los Angeles’ homeless crisis for years.

Exhibit at Central Library opening tomorrow features 36 of her dramatic color photographs and text by Los Angeles Times writer Tom Curwen: http://lapl.me/DJjkqX4

Use the enhanced My Library Account (which offers an ezlogin option) to renew books, make fine payments, check hold status and suspend holds, save searches, save lists, and even provide others with an rss feed of your saved lists.

For the first time in its history, the Newbery Medal was awarded to a graphic novel.
02/11/2020
Comics Are For Everyone

For the first time in its history, the Newbery Medal was awarded to a graphic novel.

I love comics and graphic novels and have been reading them since, well, forever. So it just warms my little librarian heart to see so many graphic titles announced at this year's YMAs (Youth Media Awards), or as some of us refer to them, the Librarian Oscars. And, for the first time in its history,...

New titles hitting the shelves.
02/11/2020
Check These Out! Titles to Look for at the Library

New titles hitting the shelves.

At Check These Out!, each month you will find a few recently published or upcoming titles that are worth “checking out” from the library. All titles are either currently available or have a record in the catalog where you can place a hold and be among the first to read them when they hit the lib...

Biopics have netted numerous awards in the Academy’s 92-year history, with 21 wins for acting in the past 18 years alone...
02/09/2020
Read It First! Oscars Edition

Biopics have netted numerous awards in the Academy’s 92-year history, with 21 wins for acting in the past 18 years alone.

Fictional characters, run for the hills! Or better yet, stay home. Oscar is falling all over himself to fawn on biopics. The biopic (a biographical film based on the life of a public or historical figure) has always been Oscar bait. Biopics have netted numerous awards in the Academy’s 92-year hist...

"Golondrina" takes you back to historic downtown L.A., when Olvera Street was threatened with demolition to make way for...
02/08/2020
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"Golondrina" takes you back to historic downtown L.A., when Olvera Street was threatened with demolition to make way for Union Station.

List of some recommended titles that deal with border communities and the experiences that many readers may not be aware...
02/07/2020
Books From the Border

List of some recommended titles that deal with border communities and the experiences that many readers may not be aware of.

In recent days, the literary world has been rocked by controversy. At its heart, the controversy involves a book that is, on the one hand, a commercially successful book, currently, 400+ on the waiting list and counting in our library system alone, but one that has also been heavily criticized by wr...

02/06/2020
Vertical File Sheds Light on Silver Lake History

We dug in the archives to find the forgotten history of Silver Lake.

Our California History Librarian Kelly Wallace dives into the vertical files to illuminate the fascinating history of Silver Lake.

Valerie J. Bower describes her work as dream-like, monochrome street photography that shows a softer, feminine point of ...
02/05/2020
Interview With a Zine Maker: Valerie J. Bower

Valerie J. Bower describes her work as dream-like, monochrome street photography that shows a softer, feminine point of view on typically masculine themes and subjects.

Valerie J. Bower is a Los Angeles based photographer. She focuses primarily on people and communities of color, documents various street cultures, and everyday life in Los Angeles. She also explores the influences of West Coast and low-rider culture in other parts of the U.S., Japan, and Mexico. Val...

Noname's Book Club February selections are now available at the library.
02/05/2020
Noname Selections at LAPL

Noname's Book Club February selections are now available at the library.

We are excited to partner with Noname's Book Club to keep you up to date in finding all the selections free of charge.Launched in summer 2019, Chicago rapper Noname's book club features two titles per month. The web site describes the series as "Reading material for the homies" and elaborates, "From...

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02/05/2020
$10,000 Reward for Lost ‘Well of the Scribes’ Sculpture

Got any leads for us?

The Well of the Scribes mysteriously disappeared 50 years ago from the Los Angeles Central Library gardens, but a recent article in Alta led to the return of a section of the famed bronze fountain. Join the search and help recover this valuable piece of history.

In honor of African American History Month, here is a brief look at some of the African American participants who helped...
02/03/2020
Going for the Gold: African Americans and the Games of the XXIII Olympiad

In honor of African American History Month, here is a brief look at some of the African American participants who helped make the 1984 Summer Olympic Games a memorable success.

We have to wait until the summer of 2028 for Los Angeles to host the Games of the ###IV Olympiad, but when we do, we will join London as only the second city to host the Summer Games three times, having previously done so in 1932 and famously, in 1984.
The 1984 Summer Games were one of the city's c...

Dos Latinas, un escenario - Super Bowl LIV
02/02/2020
Dos Latinas, un escenario - Super Bowl LIV

Dos Latinas, un escenario - Super Bowl LIV

El Super Bowl LIV de este año se llevará a cabo el 2 de febrero de 2020 en el Hard Rock Stadium en Miami Gardens entre los San Francisco 49ers y los Kansas City Chiefs.

02/01/2020
Meet the Woman Behind L.A.’s African American Miniature Museum | Atlas Obscura

Inspired to learn more after seeing the #GoogleDoodle? Karen Collins of the African American Museum of Miniatures was featured in our previous exhibit "21 Collections" and her work inspired this video by Atlas Obscura.

“We owe our ancestors a debt.” For years, folk artist Karen Collins and her husband built these shadow boxes and crafted these intricate dioramas to form the...

The Digital Bookmobile is coming to the library! Learn how to borrow ebooks and more from our library anytime, anywhere ...
02/01/2020

The Digital Bookmobile is coming to the library! Learn how to borrow ebooks and more from our library anytime, anywhere with Libby. Find an event near you: http://lapl.me/Nnxca8p

02/01/2020

We can all probably use an uplifting story about now.

Starting in February, Miri Koral, Founding Director of the California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language, will b...
01/31/2020
Coming to America: Miri Koral's Immigrant Story and the Role of Yiddish in Her Life

Starting in February, Miri Koral, Founding Director of the California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language, will be facilitating book discussions for the Yiddish Book Center's "Coming to America" Reading Groups for Public Libraries. She shared her immigrant story for the LAPL Blog.

Miri Koral is the Founding Director of the California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language and a native speaker of Yiddish. She will be facilitating the book discussions for the Yiddish Book Center's "Coming to America" Reading Groups for Public Libraries, starting in February.

Chris McCormick's debut novel is "The Gimmicks" and he recently agreed to talk about it with Daryl Maxwell for the LAPL ...
01/31/2020
Interview With an Author: Chris McCormick

Chris McCormick's debut novel is "The Gimmicks" and he recently agreed to talk about it with Daryl Maxwell for the LAPL Blog: http://lapl.me/EO2BSXq

Chris McCormick is the author of a collection of stories, Desert Boys, winner of the 2017 Stonewall Book Award. Born in 1987 and raised on the California side of the Mojave Desert, he is a graduate of the University of Michigan MFA program and now lives and teaches in Minnesota.

“You’ll never find more motivated readers than those who can no longer take reading, or the ability to discuss what they...
01/30/2020
A place where reading is the cure

“You’ll never find more motivated readers than those who can no longer take reading, or the ability to discuss what they’ve read, for granted,”

Inside the Aphasia Book Club, where participants work to improve their language skills with literature at the Echo Park Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.

We looked through old interviews and social media posts to piece together a reading list of books that inspired the Blac...
01/29/2020
Kobe's Bookshelf

We looked through old interviews and social media posts to piece together a reading list of books that inspired the Black Mamba.

Kobe Bryant’s post-basketball life was dedicated to inspiring young people through storytelling. He told the Washington Post that in fifty years he hoped to be remembered, “as a person that was able to create stories that inspired their children and families to bond together.” His second act w...

Only seems fitting.Lighting up the Central Library in honor of Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, and all of the victims in Sun...
01/28/2020

Only seems fitting.

Lighting up the Central Library in honor of Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, and all of the victims in Sunday's tragic helicopter crash.

For a legend.
01/27/2020

For a legend.

Explore the history of African American firefighters from the appointment of Sam Haskins, Los Angeles' first black firem...
01/26/2020

Explore the history of African American firefighters from the appointment of Sam Haskins, Los Angeles' first black fireman in 1892 to the integration of the fire service during the 1950s and the establishment of the Stentorians.
📍 Central Library
🗓February 22, 4:00 pm
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The library has your tax needs covered. IRS-certified volunteers will provide free basic income tax return preparation w...
01/25/2020
Free Income Tax Preparation & Filing | Los Angeles Public Library

The library has your tax needs covered. IRS-certified volunteers will provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals and households: http://lapl.me/xJfE2c7

Información en español

IRS-certified volunteers will provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals and households.

The Great Courses are now streaming on Overdrive. Learn at home with over 600 video lectures: http://lapl.me/UenEsyy
01/25/2020

The Great Courses are now streaming on Overdrive. Learn at home with over 600 video lectures: http://lapl.me/UenEsyy

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Is there a process by which one can request the library acquire a book not currently in the collection? Thank you!
NASA's 2019-2020 Scientist for a Day essay contest for students in grades 5-12 is now open. Over 30 countries are involved so far. Topics are three moons of the outer solar system. Good luck! https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/scientist-for-a-day/