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Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, October 15, 2018

When I was a young child, my parents became US citizens. My dad first, and then a few years later my mom. I didn't fully understand what that meant at the time, but I remember them talking about how important it was because now they could vote. My parents and I, and though we didn't agree on who and what to vote for, all agreed that voting itself was important. As newly minted...

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Cindy Holsey

What a Library Means to Me: Save the Books Essay Contest Winner Now a Librarian

Cindy Holsey, Young Adult Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Saturday, 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


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Video: Firsthand Accounts of the Central Library Fire and Recovery

Neale Stokes, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Saturday, 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

Technology Graveyard: What a Difference 25 Years Make

Jack Stephens, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department, Friday, 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.


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Music Friday: Happy Birthday, Dixie Chicks!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, October 12, 2018

This week, we celebrate the birthdays of two of the three members of the country group the Dixie Chicks. Martie Maguire was born on October 12, 1969, and Natalie Maines was born on October 14, 1974.


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Pre-Columbian America: Art

International Languages Department, Central Library, Thursday, October 11, 2018

This is the last segment of our series highlighting interesting things about Pre-Columbian America. This segment is dedicated to the wonderful art and people of Pre-Columbian America.


Families fill the Maguire Gardens on Central Library's reopening day

History of Central Library's Grand Reopening in 1993

Curtis Livingston Edwards, Messenger Clerk, Adult Literacy Services, Thursday, 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.


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América Precolombina: Arte

International Languages Department, Central Library, Thursday, October 11, 2018

Este es el último segmento de nuestra serie que destaca temas interesantes sobre la América precolombina. Este segmento está dedicado al maravilloso arte de las civilizaciones precolombinas.


 Librarian Bob Anderson stands behind the reference desk of the Literature & Fiction Department

And Now for Something Completely Different: Questions Are Librarians' Stock in Trade

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Librarians who work at public libraries can find almost anything, even someone’s lost dog. No, they will not look for your lost pooch, but they will provide information about public and private agencies that will. Patrons ask questions and librarians provide information.


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Translogic: Central Library's Forgotten Book-Mover

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Wednesday, 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.


Barney entertains a crowd in 1993

A Look Back at 1993

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, October 9, 2018

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Central Library's re-opening, let's look back at what else was happening in 1993.


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