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In the Stacks: Fire at the Library February 3, 2020 – Posted in: Content, In the Stacks, Libraries, public libraries

Street lined with fire engines during Los Angeles Central Library fire It was the largest library fire in the history of the United States. 400,000 books were destroyed and over 700,000 were damaged by water or smoke. It took firefighters over seven hours to put out the fire with little flare ups continuing for several days.  The epic blaze was the basis of Susan Orlean’s 2018 bestselling and New York Times Notable Book of the…

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In the Stacks: Los Angeles Public Library December 18, 2010 – Posted in: In the Stacks

For this installment of In the Stacks we visit the vast online archive of the Los Angeles Public Library. Enjoy! A couple of Bookmobiles:  Decorated Los Angeles Public Library Bookmobile, 1974. Photo by Joe Friezer Bookmobile at Stonehurst School, 1957. Photo by Milton Martinez  A few for the political crowd:  Books for freedom, 1964. Photo by George Brich  American Nazi party pickets bookshop, 1962 Books for a Strong America” a right leaning display in a Northridge Hughes Market.…

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Urgent Dispatch to Oz: Emerald City Library Needs Cash August 26, 2009

The Seattle Public Library, one of the crown jewels of “The Emerald City” will be closing its doors, both real and virtual, for an entire week beginning Monday, August 31. The fact that one of the most book-friendly cities in the United States cannot keep its libraries open due to lack of funding is distressing in the extreme, and does not bode well for other municipalities. Nationwide, public libraries are being used more than ever…

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