September 28, 2016

Hollywood Is a Verb | Programs That Pop

OED courtesy of University of Wisconsin–Green Bay Cofrin Library

“Don’t you love the Oxford dictionary? When I first read it, I thought it was a really, really long poem about everything,” said David Bowie in 1999. In “Hollywood Is a Verb: Los Angeles Tackles the Oxford English Dictionary [OED],” more than 60 programs engaged Angelenos through conversation and events to illuminate how dictionaries enrich our lives today. The title of the program, jointly presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL), was inspired by L.A. artist Ed Ruscha and his paintings of the same name.

LA Restores Library Hours

Hours Restored banner on LAPL

Beginning October 15, the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) restored Monday and Wednesday evening and Friday morning hours at all 73 city libraries. The restoration represents a 15 percent increase in hours over 2011, according to LAPL Public Relations & Marketing Director Peter V. Persic. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, councilmembers, students, and recently appointed City Librarian […]

Update: Atlanta Director to Take Over as L.A. Librarian

John Szabo

This story has been updated to include additional information from Atlanta. John Szabo was named City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) today by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Szabo is perhaps best known for turning around the troubled Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, where he’s served as director since 2005. Szabo is expected to start […]

As Los Angeles Public Library Awaits Measure L Money, Volunteers Help Maintain Stability

By Andrew McIntyre Sherrill Van Sickle, an adult librarian at the Los Angeles Public LIbrary’s Mid-Valley regional branch, was seated at the library’s center kiosk, the words of Groucho Marx emblazoned on a nearby wall: “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” […]