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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1987
Southern California is twice blessed with the forthcoming (Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan) presidential libraries being located here. Having followed the sagas of the Presidents' problems in finding suitable locations, I can only say that those communities which rejected the libraries lost a real benefit. I had the opportunity to visit the Carter Library in Atlanta this year. It was truly an exciting experience. No matter what your political persuasion, the opportunity to see the memorabilia of that President's term in office, and to get an almost personal feel for his efforts and achievements was exciting.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By John Horn
NEW YORK - As parents of young girls and as two of Hollywood's most prolific producers, Kathy Kennedy and Frank Marshall believed that "Columbine," journalist Dave Cullen's exhaustive investigation of the 1999 school massacre, contained compelling and often untold stories that needed to be shared with a larger audience. So when the book was published five years ago, the producers of "Lincoln" and "The Bourne Identity" purchased its rights, hoping to turn "Columbine" into a feature directed by "The Social Network's" David Fincher.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
The best libraries were created not just as repositories of books but as big, open public spaces that celebrate the connections even the most humble citizens have to civilization and literary culture. But we don't often think of a library itself as a tourist destination. Now the travel site Fodor's has named " The World's 20 Most Stunning Libraries, " inviting its readers to work a visit of said libraries into their summer travel intineraries. There is the 15th century Tripitaka Koreana, which is in the Temple of Haesina in the mountains of Korea, and which houses the most extensive collection of Buddhist texts in the world.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Having a day off on Wednesday, Simi Valley baseball Coach Matt La Belle decided to take his players on a short field trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum to see the best exhibition of baseball memorabilia outside of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Through Sept. 4, the Reagan Library has a baseball exhibition of more than 800 artifacts . Much of it is from the collection of L.A.-based Gary Cypres. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1995
Orange County wants to close its libraries. Instead, they should simply sell them to the cities--at "book value." SAM McCARVER Dana Point
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Nine Los Angeles public libraries will once again open their doors on Sundays. Following several years of budget-related closures, downtown's Central Library and all eight regional libraries will now be open from 1 to 5 p.m., beginning this Sunday. Celebrations are scheduled at each of the libraries, with Mayor Eric Garcetti and other civic leaders attending a ribbon cutting and special activities starting at 12:30 p.m. FOR THE RECORD: Library hours: A brief article in the Jan. 12 California section about nine Los Angeles public libraries opening on Sundays said all 64 branch libraries are open Mondays through Saturdays.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
Vandals have been systematically defacing copies of books by and about Anne Frank in public libraries in Tokyo, according to Japanese media reports Friday. More than 250 copies Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" and other books about the Dutch Holocaust diarist have reportedly been found with pages ripped out at 31 public libraries across the city since January. "Books related to Ms. Anne Frank are clearly targeted, and it's happening across Tokyo," city official Mitsujiro Ikeda told the Associated Press.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2011 | Steve Lopez
It's September, a time to remind children that we care about them and have high hopes and all that. So what's going on in Los Angeles Unified? The school district is dumping 227 of its 430 elementary school library aides and cutting the hours of another 193 aides in half. Welcome back to school, kids. At Burton Elementary in Panorama City on Tuesday morning, library aide Mary Bates was wondering whether to fight, pack up her belongings for a transfer to her fourth school in two years, or have a good cry. "I can't tell you how many kids have told me they'll miss me," Bates said under a sign that reads "Books Can Take You Anywhere.
NATIONAL
June 25, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Think teens and twenty-somethings who are used to looking up everything on smartphones have little use for the public library? Think again. People in their 20s and older teens are just as likely as older Americans to have visited a public library in the last year -- and about as likely to have taken out books or browsed the shelves once they got there, a new study from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project finds....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1990
As a former librarian in Northern California, your two articles on public libraries (Part A, March 12) brought back some unhappy memories. For eight years I managed a branch library serving a population of 30,000 in Butte County. When I started in 1978, I turned in 13 time cards including regular staff, CETA workers, and part-time help. When I left in 1986, one step ahead of being laid off, my branch was down to 3 staff and 25 volunteers. Now, apparently, all libraries in Butte County are mothballed.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
If you're looking for a way to commemorate William Shakespeare's birthday -  he was born 450 years ago today, on April 23, 1564 - the most interesting party may take place at UCLA's William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in West Adams. From 4-7 Wednesday evening, the library will celebrate not Shakespeare's writing so much as his reading , with an event called “Shakespeare's Bookshelf.” This is compelling for a variety of reasons, not least that Shakespeare was a voracious reader, said (in much the same way as John Milton)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By David Ng
Steven Soderbergh made his New York debut as a stage director on Tuesday with the official opening of "The Library," a school-shooting drama starring Chloe Grace Moretz, at the Public Theater in New York. Penned by frequent Soderbergh collaborator Scott Z. Burns, "The Library" had been in previews since March 25. The play is scheduled to run at the Public through April 27. Moretz plays a student who survives a deadly shooting at her high school and then struggles to tell her story to her parents and the authorities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Jason Song
Jewel Wade remembers the tense atmosphere at Compton Community College in 2006, when it was rumored the school would close. "The whole school was kind of depressing because nobody knew what was going on," Wade recalled Tuesday. State officials did strip the school of its accreditation and turned the campus into a satellite of a nearby two-year college. The $25-million library, which had been set to open in 2007, was found to be plagued with code violations and sat unused for nearly seven years before finally opening late last month after undergoing extensive renovations that cost an additional $4 million.
NATIONAL
April 9, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
AUSTIN, Texas - President Obama has tried to model Abraham Lincoln's team of rivals and Teddy Roosevelt's power of the bully pulpit. He's lauded Ronald Reagan's communication skills and linked himself to the Kennedy clan. He's praised his onetime nemesis, George W. Bush, as well as his onetime adversary, Bill Clinton. But Obama has rarely cozied up to the predecessor some argue did more than any other modern president to pave the way for his election as the nation's first black president: Lyndon B. Johnson.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Let's start with the idea of a recommendation engine. It's an informal term to describe the complex algorithms that parse masses of data to make suggestions of the "if you like that, you'll like this" variety. Online services crave good recommendation engines. Back in 2006, Netflix launched a contest with a $1-million prize to the team that could improve its algorithm by at least 10%. It gave programmers up to five years to reach the goal, and awarded the prize after just three, in 2009.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Steppingstones cross a reflecting pool at the entrance to this contemporary home, which evokes a travertine-encased museum. Designed with expanses of walls for art display and an open floor plan for entertaining, the house centers on a 34-foot-high window-topped gallery that runs the length of the roof and brings in natural light. Location: 2251 Linda Flora Drive, Bel-Air 90077 Asking price: $12.5 million Year built: 2013 House size: Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, 9,372 square feet including guesthouse, breezeways and patios Lot size: 3.2 acres Features: Fourteen-foot-tall ceilings, glass walls, glass-floor library looks down on wine room, upstairs office, deck, guesthouse with kitchen, swimming pool, loggia with fireplace, gated driveway, motor court, three-car garage, canyon views About the area: Last year, 157 single-family homes sold in the 90077 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.945 million, according to DataQuick.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
According to a new study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center, public libraries are thriving thanks to a core group of devotees who have qualities we don't usually associate with bookish people -- they are, generally speaking, more sociable and active people than those who don't go to libraries. The report , which surveyed more than 6,000 people over age 16, paints a somewhat surprising portrait of American library lovers. More than two-thirds of Americans are “actively engaged” with their public libraries.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
The best libraries were created not just as repositories of books but as big, open public spaces that celebrate the connections even the most humble citizens have to civilization and literary culture. But we don't often think of a library itself as a tourist destination. Now the travel site Fodor's has named " The World's 20 Most Stunning Libraries, " inviting its readers to work a visit of said libraries into their summer travel intineraries. There is the 15th century Tripitaka Koreana, which is in the Temple of Haesina in the mountains of Korea, and which houses the most extensive collection of Buddhist texts in the world.
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