Make your free reservation for Lost & Found at the Movies:
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Ithaca
Friday, October 10, 7:30 PM
Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library
Featuring professor Alex Purves (UCLA Department of Classics)
with series curator John Nein, Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival
The Library Store On Wheels is headed your way this fall!
Saturday 9/20 @ Artists & Fleas in Downtown LA 11am – 6pm
Sunday 9/21 @ Artists & Fleas in Downtown LA 11am – 6pm
Saturday 9/27 @ Fall Into Literacy Book Festival in the City of Wilmington 10am – 3pm
Sunday 10/5 @ CicLAvia at the Broadway Theatre District Hub 9am – 4pm
Wednesday 10/22 @ Lit Crawl LA: NoHo Round 1 and 3 (Stay tuned for details!)
Everyone loves the Los Angeles Public Library because it’s “free and open” to all, but what happens when artists are invited to creatively respond to the Library’s space and collection? Last Saturday night, ALOUD invited the Machine Project, one of L.A.’s most experimental and dynamic programming teams, to reimagine the Central Library. Doors opened at 8 PM after Library hours, and art enthusiasts spanned the block as if the historical library was holding its own downtown art walk. Crowds poured in to a bustling second floor—with music, dancing, drinks, and art installations flashing from every arm of the rotunda.
“Machine has presented public art at beaches, parking lots, museums, and sidewalks, but the architecture of the Library afforded us a whole new opportunity,” explains Mark Allen, the executive director of Machine Project. “I was greatly influenced by the crazy intersection of style forming and surrounding the rotunda space. From colonialist murals, 1990s meets Disneyworld, to abundant model train sets, the diversity of styles inspired a medley of performances working with the Library’s varying aesthetics. Everyone got to experience a night of wandering around the assorted architecture wondering what was going on, creating a sense of intrigue embodying the diverse aesthetic of the library itself.”
Here’s a look at some of the revampings that “freed” up our typical associations with card catalogs, stacks of books, and the hushed beauty of the marbled rotunda.
Dancer Jmy James Kidd (pictured above) along with multi-instrumentalist and composer Tara Jane ONeil took center stage in the rotunda with a sound and dance improvisation inspired by a photograph of legendary choreographer Bella Lewitzky in the LAPL’s photo collection.
Inspired by used books unearthed in a library book sale and featuring an omniscient head atop a stack of books, director Joel Fox created a site-specific video installation called “Capsule Seance Projection” in Children’s Literature.
Jeepneys, named after colorful, iconic public transportation vehicles populating the Philippine islands, originating from discarded U.S. WWII army jeeps, capture the spirit of reinvention in their work to create other-worldly sounds, movements, and visuals, manifesting “electro Pinayism waves” that travel through space and time to heal and inspire love–here they landed in Teen ‘Scape where they pulsed over tables, bean bags, and computer stations.
Artist and writer Jibade-Khalil Huffman crossed the concept of a card catalog with social media to make an interactive installation that invited guests to tweet questions throughout the night.
“No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station”
Last but not least, as part of this summer’s special exhibit “No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station,” train clubs set up spectacular model trains throughout the Getty Gallery that took audiences beyond your average train depot and into elaborate worlds of haunted houses and crop circles, weddings and funerals, and even a secret nightclub for the wild-at-heart. Learn more about upcoming model trains on display at Central Library.
All photos by Javier Guillen.
Come visit these smiling faces at any of The Library Store On Wheels’ upcoming stops!
Saturday 7/19 @ Donald Bruce Kaufman Library Anniversary 2 – 5PM
Saturday 7/19 @ Renegade Craft Fair 11AM – 6PM
Sunday 7/19 @ Renegade Craft Fair 11AM – 6PM
Friday 8/15 @ 626 Night Market 4PM – 1AM
Saturday 8/16 @ 626 Night Market 4pm – 1am
Looking for fun things to celebrate the fourth with kids or teens? From stories to crafts to music, Megan Katz, a Children’s Librarian at the John C. Fremont Branch has handpicked events your family will love. Not only are these selections fun, but they’ll also teach your little ones about the history of this important holiday without the stuffiness of a text book. Check out all of Megan’s free suggestions below at the Los Angeles Public Library.
Tuesday, July 1, 4:00 pm
Fourth of July Craft and Storytime (for Children)
Harbor Gateway Branch
Thursday, July 3, 4:00 pm
Fourth of July Ice Cream Party (for Families)
John C. Fremont Branch
Tuesday, July 8, 4:00 pm
Bluegrass Folk Americana with “Sometimes in Tune” (for Families)
Tuesday, July 15, 4:00 pm
Independence Day Craft (for Teens)
Alma Reaves Woods Watts Branch
The Declaration of Independence: The Words That Made America
Author: Sam Fink
The text of the Declaration of Independence is rendered artistically, along with colored drawings, to truly illustrate this most important document.
Mumbet’s Declaration of Independence
Author: Gretchen Woelfle
This beautiful picture book tells the true story of a slave who took her master to court to win her freedom in the late 1700s. When the Declaration of Independence was drafted and her state adopted a new constitution, Mumbet decided that the freedoms promised in these documents were meant for all people, including herself.
Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies
Author: Cokie Roberts
New York Times bestselling author Cokie Roberts adapts her acclaimed book on the women of the American Revolution for children.
You Wouldn’t Want to be a Civil War Soldier
Author: Thomas Ratliff
Part of a popular series, this nonfiction selection describes life as a Civil War soldier from living conditions to weaponry to medical care. The book addresses the reader as an actual soldier and includes wacky illustrations to make it a fun read.
George: George Washington, Our Founding Father
Author: Francis Anthony Keating
For younger readers, George Washington’s story is told from his own point of view in a picture book format.
Independence Day Crafts
Author: Mary Berendes
Aimed at very young crafters, this book provides instructions for making fun Fourth of July crafts, mostly with items from around the house.
–Post by Megan Katz
–Top photo by Steve Young, 1964, part of the Library’s Photo Collection. “The year, the school, and even the clothes were new this morning as these five students of Harding Street Elementary School, Sylmar, gathered for their first flag raising with – a new flag.”
Have you thought about shopping for Father’s Day yet? We suggest letting your dollar do double duty by heading on over to The Library Store to get your dad a gift he’ll really love and supporting the Los Angeles Public Library with your purchase! It’s a far better idea than adding yet another tie to his collection…
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
The Gentleman’s Handbook – $17.95
And don’t forget! Come down to the Central Library and we’ll help you find the perfect card for the occasion too.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Luckily, The Library Store is here to help you out. Here are our top 5 picks to put a smile on Mom’s face…
For the Crafty Mom:
For the Health Conscious Mom:
For the Hollywood Mom:
And don’t forget our selection of great Mother’s Day cards! Also, if you’re still in need of the right gift and happen to be in the Valley on Saturday, May 10, we’ll be On Wheels at the Melrose Trading Post at Taft Charter High School in Woodland Hills from 9am to 3pm!
Membership Appreciation Days offer reciprocal free admission and 20% store discounts at any of the participating institutions. So on May 2, 3, and 4, 2014, your Membership with the Library Foundation means access to them all!
The Library Store On Wheels will be busy this month, taking your favorite gift shop on the road! Join us:
Thursday 5/1 @ Sportsmans Lodge 1st Thursdays 3pm – 9pm
Saturday 5/3 @ Melrose Trading Post at Taft Charter High 9am – 5pm
Saturday 5/10 @ Melrose Trading Post at Taft Charter High 9am – 3pm (Time change)
Sunday 6/15 @ Patchwork Show in Santa Ana 11am – 5pm (Schedule change)
Saturday 5/24 @ Playa Vista Library 10th Anniversary 11am – 3pm
Sunday 5/25 @ Patchwork Show in Long Beach 11am – 5pm
Saturday 5/31 @ Melrose Trading Post at Taft Charter High 9am – 3pm (Time change)
In honor of Cesar Chavez Day and The Crusades of Cesar Chavez, the just-released biography by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Miriam Pawel, ALOUD will be hosting a program celebrating the famed civil rights leader whose work has impacted the lives of millions across the world, including many artists who have been inspired to tell his story. On April 1 at ALOUD, biographer Pawel will be joined by renowned playwright and director Luis Valdez (Zoot Suit, La Bamba, and Teatro Campesino, which has been in continuous operation since 1965 when it was founded on the Delano Grape Strike picket lines of Cesar Chavez’s United Farmworkers Union as a means to educate and empower workers). Pawel and Valdez will share their perspectives on the crusades of this unlikely American hero who ignited one of the great social movements of our time. As we get ready for this special evening, here’s a look into the Library’s archives at the myriad ways Chavez’s story has touched us.
Shooting Reflections: Film and Social Change
Actor, filmmaker, and activist Diego Luna visited ALOUD last year to discuss how storytelling can act as an agent for social change. Watch the program above or listen to the podcast. And keep an eye out in theatres for Luna’s latest feature, Cesar Chavez, which is now playing.
In 2010 at ALOUD, Miriam Pawel discussed the rise of the United Farm Workers during the heady days of civil rights struggles, the antiwar movement, and 60s and 70s student activism. Listen to the podcast.
The Los Angeles Public Library has an incredible collection of photos documenting Chavez’s activism around the city.
Cesar Chavez at GM Rally March Local 645 President Pete Beltran, left, Cesar Chavez and Maxine Waters, march with GM workers, past the GM plant on Van Nuys Boulevard. Photo by Mike Sergieff, 1983.
Cesar Chavez Pickets Supermarket
Father Luis Olivares (left) chats with Cesar Chavez while picketing in front of the Safeway supermarket at 3rd Street and Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. Photo by Mike Mullen, 1979.
Brooklyn Avenue Becomes César E. Chávez Avenue
Members of the Jewish Labor Committee participate in the renaming ceremony for Brooklyn Avenue to become César E. Chávez Avenue in Boyle Heights. The committee was asked to support the changing demographics of the neighborhood by the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. 1994.
And of course, many related books for all ages, including Spanish language books, are available at the Los Angeles Public Library:
Cesar Chavez : A Photographic Essay, Cesar Chavez : Autobiography of La Causa, and A Picture Book of Cesar Chavez.
Learn more about the upcoming ALOUD program and make your free reservation here. And remember the Los Angeles Public Library will be closed on Monday, March 31 in observance of Cesar Chavez Day.