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Spend the Summer with ALOUD

Friday, Apr 29th, 2016

This summer, our critically-acclaimed ALOUD series welcomes memoirists, musicians, poets, novelists, journalists and others to the historic downtown Central Library and beyond for an exciting season of conversations, readings, and performances. Starting the season off with a bang, on Thursday, Jun. 2, ALOUD presents Eddie Huang – chef, food personality,…

The Library Store reopens!

Wednesday, Apr 20th, 2016

  After four long months, The Library Store will finally reopen to the public on Friday, April 29. With a sleek new design by Cory Grosser + Associates, the new store will feature a new layout, new fixtures, and even more merchandise for shoppers, including new custom jewelry, original Los…

Head of the Class

Thursday, Apr 14th, 2016

On a Tuesday morning this past January, Central Library’s Taper Auditorium filled with the flashes of cameras, the uplifting lull of “Pomp and Circumstance,” and a royal blue tide of caps and gowns. But this was not your typical graduation ceremony. “This is a city of second chances—Los Angeles defines…

Well-Versed for National Poetry Month

Wednesday, Apr 6th, 2016

For fans of free and blank verse who will be celebrating all things poetry this April for National Poetry Month, the Library Foundation and ALOUD can help you get your poetry fix. This weekend Members of the Library Foundation will gather with participating authors of the Los Angeles Times Book…
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Coming Soon: A Very L.A. Spelling Bee

Monday, Mar 7th, 2016

On Saturday, March 19, the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library will host an unprecedented dual language English and Spanish spelling bee in the Mark Taper Auditorium of downtown’s historic Central Library. During this unique event hosted by author, lecturer, OC Weekly editor, and word…

From the Archives: The Historic Architecture of the Oscars

Friday, Feb 26th, 2016

With preparations for the 88th Academy Awards well underway this week, did you know that this star-studded event did not always take place in the epicenter of the Hollywood drag? Right around the corner from the downtown Central Library, the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel was the founding site for the…

A Life in Photography: Sebastião Salgado at ALOUD

Wednesday, Feb 24th, 2016

“I am not a social photographer. I am not an economic photographer. I’m not a photojournalist. Photography is much more than that. Photography is my life. It’s my way of life, and my language,” explained Sebastião Salgado when he spoke to The New York Times last spring. For over 40…

Stay Home and Read a Book with Judy Blume

Tuesday, Feb 23rd, 2016

“Ask any writer and you’ll undoubtedly hear about the libraries in their lives,” writes Judy Blume, the award-winning and best-selling author and this year’s Stay Home and Read a Book Ball chair.   Blume firmly believes in the power of libraries and books to change lives, “Ask any reader and…

Young Literati Gathers L.A.’s Best and Brightest

Friday, Feb 12th, 2016

On Saturday, Feb. 20, actors, musicians, and celebrated Angelenos will join together to benefit the Los Angeles Public Library at the Eighth Annual Toast, hosted by the Young Literati of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. Held at the historic AVALON Hollywood, the Young Literati’s biggest event of the year…