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Family History Month

Come to the kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Main Library for a day with the experts and start your family history research with one-on-one guidance. Sessions and tours happen throughout the day.

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Susan Orlean

At 10:52 a.m. on April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the historic Central Library of the Los Angeles Public Library. As patrons and staff cleared the building, a fire was breaking out in the stacks, reaching 2,000 degrees. By the time it was extinguished seven hours later, the fire had destroyed 400,00 books and damaged 700,000 more in the worst library fire in American history. Did someone set the fire, and why? After moving to Los Angeles, author Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief, 1998) decided to seek out answers. Her account of the tragedy and its aftermath is a love letter to libraries and one of the most anticipated books published this fall.

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