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Los Angeles Public Library’s top menu collection just got better

“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. (via latimes.com)

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L.A. Library’s New Free, Netflix-Like Services, Explained

“Broke L.A. twenty-somethings, rejoice! No longer must you feel a tinge of guilt for praising Emersonian self-reliance in your sock puppet performance art while secretly mooching off of your parents’ Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant accounts. The L.A. Public Library has arrived in the 21st century. Since July, anyone in L.A. with a library card has been able to stream over 10,000 movies and TV shows and over 250,000 albums onto any computer, smartphone or tablet for free through a new service called Hoopla. Even better: In August, electronic subscriptions to over 230 current magazines became available to stream or download onto any device through an app called Zinio.” (via L.A. Weekly)

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Getting a read on L.A.’s new city librarian

“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.”

via LA Times

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L.A. to consider multi-use library cards for illegal immigrants

“Los Angeles officials are considering a plan to turn the library card into a form of identification that the city’s large illegal immigrant population could use to open bank accounts and access an array of city services. The City Council unanimously voted recently to consider the proposal, which would have Los Angeles join the growing number of cities across the nation that offer various forms of identification to undocumented workers and others who cannot get driver’s licenses because of their immigration status.”

via LA Times

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L.A. Tries to Ban Soda Vending Machines From City Parks, Libraries

“The highly politicized crackdown on America’s fat people hits Los Angeles today, with a motion from L.A. City Councilman Mitchell Englander to ban all soda vending machines on city-owned property.

Englander, a physically fit frat-bro type who is clearly trying to one-up New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his proposed ban on extra-large sodas, warns in his motion that… sugary drinks can “affect young people both mentally and physically” — even cause them “to be violent against peers and in dating relationships.”

via The Informer

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