December 7, 2008
I am 65 and have been using public libraries my entire life ("More people checking out the library to save on books, DVDs," Dec. 3). I can still recall my excitement when my mother took me into the Los Angeles Public Library to choose my first book. I consider libraries to be my home away from home, and the relationships I have developed with the librarians at my local branches are extremely significant. Selecting books or DVDs are just two of the myriad opportunities offered: I consider the online services my best friends.
February 5, 2007
HOLLYWOOD'S LATEST celebrity shrinks from the limelight. Susan Patron has spent her career in one of the least glamorous places in Los Angeles: the public library. Patron, who won the Newbery Medal for children's literature last month, has worked for the Los Angeles Public Library for about 35 years. Her office is in the gorgeous Central Library downtown, though she travels frequently to the branches, helping librarians select books and organize events for children.
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October 22, 2006 |
Four stories underground, in a basement room of the Los Angeles Public Library, Carolyn Kozo Cole gazed at a worktable littered with images of Los Angeles in 4-by-5-inch format. She pushed at the photos' edges with her fingers, carefully moving them around the table as she considered what constituted an iconic image of downtown.
November 3, 2005 |
GUESS who's coming to dinner? Depending on where you are in L.A. on Monday night, it could be comics master Stan Lee, novelist T.C. Boyle, former Disney chief Michael Eisner, sportswriter Frank Deford or former Watergate figure John Dean. They are but a handful of the 54 authors who will be invited into private Southern California homes for an evening of discourse and dining to benefit the Los Angeles Public Library.
August 11, 2005 |
Information on library hours and location maps can be found on the Los Angeles Public Library website at www.lapl.org. A complete catalog of the libraries' holdings also can be found on that site, along with resources for holding and renewing books at any of the branches. The following are addresses, hours and this month's programs for the seven branches detailed in this story: Sylmar Branch 14561 Polk St., Sylmar (818) 367-6102 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; noon to 8 p.m.
May 21, 2005 |
In the old days, when armies of college grads would troop off to write the Great American Novel -- before everyone switched to screenplays -- there was something they didn't know: It had already been written. "To Kill a Mockingbird," published in 1960, won the Pulitzer Prize, and the huzzahs just kept coming.
April 28, 2005 |
People have become skeptical of big-money corporate antitrust and price-fixing settlements, and with good reason: Although these settlements are invariably denominated in the hundreds of millions of dollars, in practical terms the biggest single chunk of the payouts goes into lawyers' pockets, while the average consumer might get a voucher worth a few bucks.
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March 31, 2005 |
This season's rains may not yet have set a record. But they have succeeded in washing away Los Angeles' most unusual cultural record. That's what amateur archivist Gary Leonard discovered when he unlocked the Echo Park building where he keeps 40 years of Los Angeles artifacts and stepped into a flood of memories. Rain seeping through a leaky roof of the Echo Park Avenue storefront had soaked boxes stuffed with more than 10,000 snippets of the city's vibrant late-20th century history.
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January 7, 2005 |
Nearly 10 years ago, a group of Silver Lake residents began a campaign for a public library branch in their quirky community, long noted for its modern architecture, indie rock scene and general air of hipness. The long wait ends today with the grand opening of the Silver Lake branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, a $12-million facility that, with its sleek modern facade, eco-friendly design and cutting-edge technology, embodies the neighborhood zeitgeist. The branch is the first to use an automated book check-in and sorting system with a computerized conveyor belt that will speed book returns.
September 13, 2004
Re "Study Finds Rampant Illiteracy in L.A. County," Sept. 9: The County of Los Angeles Public Library and the library of the city of Los Angeles both offer free programs designed to teach adults and families to read. These programs are easily accessed, user-friendly and offer individual instruction in English or Spanish. Many other local public library systems have similar programs available. The public libraries of California have always worked hard to promote literacy, even now when their funding is diminished and the burden is largely taken up by volunteers.