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Collage of films adapted from books
Elizabeth Graney, October 04, 2021

It feels good to be back! After 19 months, films are once again back in theaters! It’s time for this blog to return to its original purpose, to let you know about new film adaptations as they hit the big (and small) screen.


three examples of romance book cover art featuring couples embracing passionately
Christa Deitrick, February 12, 2020

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!


John Lee and the cover of four of the audiobooks he has narrated
James Sherman, April 04, 2018

John Lee has acted in productions at theatres around the country and is about to embark on the role of Malvolio in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for Parson’s Nose Theatre in Pasadena.


Illustration of cherry blossom tree
Christa Deitrick, March 20, 2018

In 1999, the United Nations selected March 21st as its official World Poetry Day. The idea was to set aside one day each year to celebrate poetry’s unique ability to express the deepest and most universal aspects of the human condition.


Book covers
James Sherman, May 23, 2017

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, why not read a mystery? Try these three great mystery writers of Asian Angeleño heritage who plot intriguing yarns and use the settings of Los Angeles as a background as well as a point of departure.


Star Wars: These are the books you're looking for
Elizabeth Graney, May 04, 2017

Can't get enough of Star Wars? Immerse yourself in a galaxy far, far away with these Star Wars fiction series.


Baseball player
Christa Deitrick, April 14, 2017

April is National Poetry Month, and it's also the month that Major League Baseball kicks off a brand-new season. What better way to celebrate than by combining the two?


Love tree
Sheryn Morris, February 14, 2017

Los Angeles Public Library has several branches and community rooms named in honor of notable writers. Two branches are named in honor of writers whose lives include wonderful love stories.


Joseph Hansen
James Sherman, June 17, 2016

“The point of fiction is to give the reader for a few hours the chance to be somebody else, to broaden and deepen his understanding of himself and the strangers among whom he has to pass his days. The best novels do this now as they have always done it. It is a noble thing.”


Maya Angelou and Tupac Shakur
Christa Deitrick, February 22, 2016

Among the many treasures in the Literature & Fiction department is our poetry collection, which clocks in at around 20,000 titles. Since February is African-American Heritage Month, what better time to spotlight a few of these fabulous poets?


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