Alta, L.A. library announce $10,000 reward for information leading to long-lost sculpture

From Los Angeles Times

” Efforts to track down the missing sections of the long-lost sculpture Well of Scribes are ramping up.The Los Angeles Public Library and Alta magazine and its publisher announced on Tuesday a $10,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of the sculpture’s lost pieces. The bronze sculpture — which honored history’s great writers — mysteriously vanished more than 50 years ago when the downtown L.A. library underwent a makeover.“We’re excited to broaden the search and to ask the public’s help in this endeavor,” said Alta magazine editor Blaise Zerega in a phone interview. He encouraged anyone with a hunch about the missing pieces’ whereabouts to reach out.”

Los Angeles: The Central Library Continues to be a Wealth of Services

From Los Angeles Downtown News

“Time and time again, the Central Library, the Los Angeles Public Library system’s flagship location, has proven that it is more than a place to just borrow a book or movie, although if that was it, it would still be a remarkable institution.The 94-year-old library has been a place for people to dive into and navigate the ins and out of the Internet, learn a thing or two about your rights as an American citizen, as well as just a quiet place to sit down and think for a few minutes in between tasks. In a time when several pricey private clubs or co-working spaces have arrived in Downtown (think WeWork), it’s worth appreciating what the free, public space has to offer. Which is more than you might think.”

L.A. is an e-book borrower’s paradise. A major publisher’s crackdown could hurt

From Los Angeles Times

” Keaton Kustler rarely visits the Los Angeles Public Library, though her apartment is just two blocks from its historic Wilshire Branch. When she wants a book — which is often — she borrows one from an app, using a library card she got through her smartphone.“The last year of my life has been rocked by the library,” said Kustler, 27. “I’m kicking myself it took me so long.”She represents a growing faction of impassioned readers driving a nationwide surge in digital borrowing. Like other devotees, she now collects library cards to satisfy her voracious reading habit.The practice is widespread, but in L.A., it’s become a rite of passage. The county is home to more than 30 of the state’s 184 library systems, and though most accept applications only in person, their physical proximity and a quirk of California law mean Angelenos can take cards from any of them.”

LA Public Library Cold Case Mystery Solved After 50 Years

From Spectrum News

” It is not often that there is a media frenzy at the Los Angeles Public Library, but recently, something that went missing 50 years ago has now returned home thanks to the power of the written word and a little detective work. The Well of the Scribes was a three-piece bronze sculpture that once graced the library’s West garden, but went missing after the gardens were converted into a parking lot in 1969.City Librarian John Szabo said The Well of the Scribes, “had been missing for over 50 years, until two months ago, when we received an email from an antiques dealer in Bisbee, Arizona and he said, ‘I think I have a piece of your Well of the Scribes.’” Author of The Orchid Thief, Susan Orleans, wrote about the disappearance of The Well of the Scribes in her bestseller, The Library Book. It wasn’t until the Arizona antiques dealer read an article by journalist Brandon Reynolds about the mystery that the connection was made and Szabo hopped on a plane to Bisbee to verify the piece.”

North Hollywood library ‘learning circle’ will give patrons chance to learn Spanish in a group, starting Thursday

From Los Angeles Daily News

” A group will begin meeting Thursday mornings at the North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library to develop their Spanish skills through the language-learning software Mango.The study group, which will be learning Spanish that is typically spoken in Latin American countries, will meet at 10 a.m. each Thursday, from July 18 until Aug. 29.Library card holders have free access to the language program, and free Wi-Fi connection is available. Participants are being asked to bring a laptop computer to run the Mango program, or they can use the laptop computers available at the library.Librarian Ethel Dimapasok, who is facilitating the meetings, will also be taking part in the course. She is not a Spanish-speaker, and is eager to acquire some basic Spanish skills.”

North Hollywood library ‘learning circle’ will give patrons chance to learn Spanish in a group, starting Thursday

Los Angeles: What Do You Get When You Put A Dodgers Jersey On A Superhuman Japanese Folk Hero? A Library Card!

From LAist

“The Los Angeles Public Library has released a new library card — and it’s literally a work of art.Artist Gajin Fujita took an iconic character from Japanese folklore, mixed in some instantly recognizable L.A. symbolism, and came up with a painting called “Guardian Angel.”It depicts the Japanese folklore character Kintaro, a.k.a. Golden Boy, a child of superhuman strength, fighting a demon. That would have been cool enough on its own, but Fujita decided that Kintaro needed an L.A. touch — so he dressed him in a Dodgers jersey, with a bright blue bandana around his neck.”I thought that would be perfect to represent Los Angeles,” Fujita says.And who better than a Boyle Heights native who spent a lot of his childhood hanging out in a local library branch overseen by an inspirational librarian to create the new art card. ”

LA Public Library’s New Maker Space/Studio Lets You 3D Print, Shoot On A Green Screen, And Way More

From LAist

“The Los Angeles Public Library wants to make it easier for you to make stuff. The new Octavia Lab maker space/audiovisual studio at the L.A. Central Library is 3,000 square feet designed to help you make your thing. It lets you do everything from 3D printing and using a laser cutter to filming on a green screen and using fancy sewing machines.”We are wildly enthusiastic about it,” City Librarian John Szabo said. “This is a space that is an equalizing space. This is an opportunity for the poorest child in L.A. to have access to some incredibly expensive technology that they might not have at school.” The lab is named for Octavia Butler, pioneering science fiction author.”