December 18, 2013 |
A beloved musical about a magical nanny, an epic about the first astronauts, a silent film with a Native American cast and a sci-fi thriller loosely based on Shakespeare's "The Tempest" are among the 25 motion pictures to join the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington was expected to announce the selections Wednesday morning. FOR THE RECORD: National Film Registry: In the Dec. 18 Calendar section, an article about 25 films named to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry said that Sandy Dennis was nominated for an Oscar for 1966's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
November 29, 2013 |
Granted, it's not quite the same thing as a big discount on a giant flat-screen television or an Xbox console. But there are Black Friday book deals to be had out there. Black Friday, for example, is a time when many public libraries schedule book sales, including the Clark County Public Library in Winchester, Ky. The library sale this year included the offer of all the books you could fill in a bag for just $2. In an effort to build a big crowd for the sale, a librarian told the Winchester Sun earlier this month : “At the library's Black Friday Book Sale, you can, no joke, get a gift for everyone on your holiday list for $2, unless your list is hundreds of people long, and then it may cost you $6.” On Friday the crowds came, though there was little chance of a shoppers' riot in Winchester, a town of 18,000 people famous as the home of the Ale-8 soft drink.
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November 19, 2013
Join the Homicide Report's Nicole Santa Cruz at 9 a.m. for an L.A. Now Live chat on her latest article: the Los Angeles Police Department's work to create a “Google for murder.” The article looks at how the LAPD has assembled a digital library of homicide files with the goal of putting a database of long-dormant cases within a click away of police detectives. “The bigger picture of it all is tremendous,” said LAPD Det. Teddy Hammond, who has worked with several other detectives to digitize more than 4,500 files over the past two years.
November 19, 2013 |
A critical mass of artists emerging in the '70s whose work responded to image saturation in the media and everyday life -- among them Cindy Sherman, Sherrie Levine and Richard Prince -- came to be known as the Pictures Generation. It could be argued that, thanks to the kudzu-like claims of the World Wide Web, every generation of artists since then, by default if not by conscious embrace, has been a pictures generation. The designation is a natural fit for Matt Lipps, whose show, "Library," at Marc Selwyn, addresses head-on the centrality of photographic imagery to our collective history and memory.
November 14, 2013 |
Library funding in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, may be diverted to a new jail thanks to a legislator who doesn't approve of the library's programs. Jail proponent and chair of the Lafourche Parish Council Lindel Toups supports a ballot measure that would take funding away from libraries. “They're teaching Mexicans how to speak English,” Toups told the local Tri-Parish Times , referencing Biblioteca Hispana, a Spanish-language section of one of the nine branch libraries. “Let that son of a bitch go back to Mexico.
November 8, 2013 |
One of the great cultural jewels of the West is back, with a wonderful new polish. When the Huntington Library in San Marino reopened its main exhibition hall on Friday for a special press preview after a 17-month renovation, you could almost feel the presence of its namesake at the front door. Henry Edwards Huntington was a railroad baron who assembled one of the most magnificent collections of books, manuscripts and letters in private hands. On Friday it gleamed again, inside new displays (illuminated with heat-free fiber optic lighting)
November 6, 2013 |
There's a new way to get movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks for free on the Internet. And no, it's not piracy -- it's through public libraries. Hoopla Digital, a Netflix-like service for library card holders, on Wednesday announced agreements with NBCUniversal, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., National Geographic and BBC America to stream content. Launched this year, Hoopla lets library patrons access its entertainment material through a mobile app or Web browser. Jeff Jankowski, Hoopla's founder and owner, said the service can help make libraries more convenient for people who are too busy to make the trip to a physical location and more attractive to younger patrons who want to be able to access movies and music whenever and wherever they want.
October 31, 2013 |
Thirty boxes of stuff -- the kind of thing a frustrated spouse might suggest be cleared out of the garage -- is being donated to the L.A. Public Library, which has accepted the lot with much enthusiasm. The boxes belong to Dr. Melvin Schrier, a retired optometrist who now lives in Palos Verdes. Schrier was born in Brooklyn and practiced on Park Avenue in Manhattan; when he started going out on the town, he began saving souvenirs. That was back in 1944, and he kept at it for the next sixty-some years, noting the date on each item.
October 24, 2013 |
As a teenager in the 1970s, I learned about the paranoid style of American politics from the Kennedy assassination. Between seventh grade, when I discovered the Warren Commission report, and my junior year in high school, when I wrote a term paper "proving" that there had been three gunmen in Dealey Plaza, I was a kid obsessed. I read every book about the assassination I could get my hands on; I bought a bootleg Super 8 copy of the Zapruder film from the classifieds in Argosy magazine.
October 4, 2013 |
The other day, I dropped off some books at the little library in the neighborhood. I came across it a few weeks ago: a two-shelf hutch set back from the sidewalk, on the edge of someone's property, with a sign urging passers-by to take or leave a book. I love these informal book sites , which seem to be popping up all over ; a friend has one on her street. What they signify is one of the great benefits of reading: not to be alone so much as to become part of a community.