Fifth & Flower

Give Thanks to Libraries on #GivingTuesday

Nov 22, 2016

Tis’ the season to give thanks to what we are grateful for this week—and we are grateful for the Los Angeles Public Library! The Library Foundation is taking part in #GivingTuesday, the global day of giving to support local communities. From Tuesday, November 22 thru Tuesday, November 29, you can get 50% off all gift […]



Watch, Listen, and Learn at lfla.org/archive

Nov 08, 2016

Did you catch this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner—Viet Thanh Nguyen—at ALOUD? Did you hear Rosanne Cash serenade Central Library? If you missed out live, now you can experience ALOUD and other Library Foundation programs at home, on the road, anywhere, anytime. This fall, we launched a new and improved online Media Archive so you can […]



Day of the Dead Comes to Life at the Library

Oct 31, 2016

Over the next few days the Los Angeles Public Library is hosting citywide celebrations to honor the traditions of Dia de los Muertos. From crafting sugar skulls to creating community altars to a collaboration with LACMA, there’s a range of cultural activities for all ages throughout the neighborhood branches. See below for a few event […]



Coming Soon to ALOUD: 50 Years of the Black Panther Party

Oct 06, 2016

Fifty years ago this month, one of the most groundbreaking social movements in American history began with the founding of the Black Panther Party. On the occasion of this anniversary, photojournalist Bryan Shih and historian Yohuru Williams have published the powerful new book, Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution. Collecting rarely heard stories of rank and file […]



Ann Patchett on Keeping Company With Books

Sep 13, 2016

Ann Patchett photo by Heidi Ross.

Ann Patchett is the international best-selling author of seven novels: The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, State of Wonder, and the just released Commonwealth. She has also written three books of nonfiction, but Patchett’s life’s work in books extends well beyond the act of writing. In 2011, after the last […]



ALOUD Fall Preview: Colson Whitehead

Sep 09, 2016

What if the “Underground Railroad” was not just a metaphorical mode of transportation? Sixteen years ago prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead was sitting on his couch imagining a fascinating premise for a new book… an actual subway that carried slaves to freedom… but a book entrenched in America’s brutal history seemed too daunting for the […]



Sneak Peek: John Landis, Man of Many Genres

Aug 18, 2016

The mastermind behind such wide-reaching works as Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Kentucky Fried Movie, Trading Places, iThree Amigos!, Coming to America, American Werewolf in London, as well as the “Thriller” music video and the documentary Slasher, cannot be pinned down to a single genre, style, influence, or interest. On Wednesday, August 24, Lost & […]



A Summer Blast From the Past

Aug 09, 2016

From drag races to family birthday parties, from Buster Keaton dutifully serving as the honorary mayor of Woodland Hills to an airplane crash on Glenoaks Boulevard—a range of everyday and exceptional images chronicling the postwar suburban boom of the San Fernando Valley will get a second look. This summer, a three-yearlong initiative to organize over […]



Homegrown Ideas Transform the Library

Aug 03, 2016

Legos to develop literacy skills; a cart filled with mobile devices for trying out e-media; healthy cooking workshops for teens; drought resistant gardens to teach water conservation—these are just a sampling of the 13 projects that have received grants through IDEAS@LAPL, a program designed to foster staff empowerment and develop innovative ways to enhance the Los […]



8 Great Books: More Reading Recs for Members Month

Jul 28, 2016

This July is Members Month at the Library Foundation! As part of a month-long slate of special events and incentives to celebrate your support of the Los Angeles Public Library, we are hosting two free writing seminars with local writers. The first seminar took place last week, and the second seminar, Adapt This: A Consideration […]