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July 22, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Start the Bidding: Two autographed "Murphy Brown" scripts and a signed copy of Vice President Dan Quayle's controversial speech attacking the TV series and advocating his views on family values will be auctioned Friday to help raise money for the restoration of two Los Angeles libraries that were destroyed during the Los Angeles riots.
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January 13, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
After several years in the fiscal wilderness, the Los Angeles Public Library, and California libraries in general, are mounting a comeback. On Jan. 12, Sunday hours were restored at eight of the system's 72 regional branches and at the Central Library downtown. Back in the dark days of 2010, when it seemed everyone was still trying to climb out of the hole of the Great Recession, I visited a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library in East Hollywood. It was the same one where my immigrant father learned to read English in 1962.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1988
Los Angeles libraries are overdue for attention. Arson, earthquakes, age and population growth have combined to yield a library system that badly needs new buildings and renovations. The libraries also need a public commitment of renewed support--a commitment that can be made if two-thirds of Los Angeles voters will say Yes to Proposition L, a $90-million bond issue to refurbish libraries in 30 areas of the city.
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.
OPINION
July 6, 2010 | By Marilyn Johnson
The U.S. is beginning an interesting experiment in democracy: We're cutting public library funds, shrinking our public and school libraries, and in some places, shutting them altogether. These actions have nothing to do with whether the libraries are any good or whether the staff provides useful service to the community. This country's largest circulating library, in Queens, N.Y., was named the best system in the U.S. last year by Library Journal. Its budget is due to shrink by a third.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2002 | Sharon Bernstein, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn took a new approach in his fight against secession on Saturday, pushing the message that Los Angeles is a great city, rather than focusing on the financial and political risks of breaking up the city, as he has in the past. "I love Los Angeles," the mayor said at a forum on secession organized by the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. "It's a great city that's more than just a place on a map.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1988 | SCOTT HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
Offering odes to Los Angeles, libraries and librarians, author Ray Bradbury and Mayor Tom Bradley on Friday formally launched a $90-million bond measure campaign to reverse the decline of the city's traumatized library system. Proposition L, for library, on the Nov. 8 ballot would provide money to repair, fortify and expand a system that has been victimized by arson and earthquake.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2002 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn launched a citywide reading initiative Thursday, urging all residents to read a copy of Ray Bradbury's science fiction classic "Fahrenheit 451" and participate in neighborhood book groups being organized during April. The "One Book, One City L.A." initiative, modeled after similar programs in Seattle and Chicago, is designed to encourage literacy and promote civic pride. Los Angeles' inaugural program features the mayor's favorite book.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2009 | David Kelly and Steve Chawkins
As tax revenues plummet and desperate local governments struggle to close widening deficits, some are looking for cuts in quieter places long considered off limits, like public libraries. Last week the city of Colton shut down its three libraries and laid off nearly 60 employees to help plug a $5-million hole in its budget. Moves are afoot to shutter a library in Ventura, and other communities are slashing library hours. "I've never seen such devastation in libraries," said Jackie Griffin, head of Ventura County's system.
MAGAZINE
September 15, 1996 | Mary McNamara
In the town where I grew up, the construction of a new public library was for many years held hostage by zoning and funding controversies. And so the library of my childhood was housed on Main Street in an old church. The hush of dark wood, the bitter smell of old wax and the scattered jeweled light, carved into wedges and circles by stained-glass saints, created an appropriate sense of sanctuary.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
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.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2012 | By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
The gig: As newly appointed city librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, John Szabo runs the nation's largest public-funded library system, measured by population served. From his corner office atop the Central Library in downtown L.A., the 44-year-old oversees the city's 72 branches, 6.4 million volumes, 3 million photographs, 30,000 electronic volumes and 883 employees. Appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in June, he reported for duty Aug. 20. A "library person": For some, it takes decades to find their life's calling.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 2011
BOOKS The Young Literati, a core group of supporters in their 20s, 30s and 40s, will be celebrating the Los Angeles Public Library's 139th year in business with a toast, as well as music, drinks and hors d'oeuvres. But nothing can be properly feted in Los Angeles without a few famous friends: Russell Brand, Demetri Martin, Henry Rollins and Shepard Fairey will be on hand for the event, contributing readings, performances and general literary-minded congeniality. Los Angeles Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. 8 p.m. Fri. (213)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
It was a rainy Tuesday afternoon in late December, and the Chinatown Branch Library was buzzing. While a line of children waited to check out books, other patrons surfed the Internet at a bank of computers nearby. At one computer, a man sat watching pornography. And parents complained. Every day adults across the city use library computers to do research, read news, watch YouTube videos and apply for jobs. And 1st Amendment protections give them the right to also access some pornography, city officials say. Regular library patrons say it is not uncommon.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2010 | By Cristy Lytal, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Although Christopher Nolan's big-budget psychological action movie "Inception" was shot in six countries, art department researcher Dominique Arcadio found much of what she needed to do her job within the aisles of the Los Angeles Public Library. "For every film I've worked on, I've gotten at least 50 books out of the L.A. Public Library," she said. "They're very good about just letting you take out books that should really be reference books. It's one of the best libraries that I've had a chance of using.
OPINION
July 6, 2010 | By Marilyn Johnson
The U.S. is beginning an interesting experiment in democracy: We're cutting public library funds, shrinking our public and school libraries, and in some places, shutting them altogether. These actions have nothing to do with whether the libraries are any good or whether the staff provides useful service to the community. This country's largest circulating library, in Queens, N.Y., was named the best system in the U.S. last year by Library Journal. Its budget is due to shrink by a third.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2010
Los Angeles library hours Grappling with fewer employees because of job vacancies and early retirements, the Los Angeles Board of Library Commissioners will consider reduced hours for city libraries at their meeting Thursday. If approved, the changes would take effect April 11. REGIONAL AND BRANCH LIBRARIES Monday, Wednesday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday: 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday: Closed CENTRAL LIBRARY Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday: Closed Source: Los Angeles Library Department
OPINION
May 11, 1986 | Lawrence Clark Powell, Lawrence Clark Powell, essayist and novelist, was the founder of UCLA's School of Library and Information Science and served as and UCLA head librarian from 1944 until 1961.
As we mourn the old Central Library, we must also recognize that library buildings as such don't really matter. Saving most of the books matters more. If the Carnegie Library of South Pasadena was where I learned to read, the ill-fated Central Library of Los Angeles was where I learned to work. It was my first library job, although only a substitute appointment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2010
Los Angeles library hours Grappling with fewer employees because of job vacancies and early retirements, the Los Angeles Board of Library Commissioners will consider reduced hours for city libraries at their meeting Thursday. If approved, the changes would take effect April 11. REGIONAL AND BRANCH LIBRARIES Monday, Wednesday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday: 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday: Closed CENTRAL LIBRARY Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday: Closed Source: Los Angeles Library Department
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2009 | David Kelly and Steve Chawkins
As tax revenues plummet and desperate local governments struggle to close widening deficits, some are looking for cuts in quieter places long considered off limits, like public libraries. Last week the city of Colton shut down its three libraries and laid off nearly 60 employees to help plug a $5-million hole in its budget. Moves are afoot to shutter a library in Ventura, and other communities are slashing library hours. "I've never seen such devastation in libraries," said Jackie Griffin, head of Ventura County's system.
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