Building a Future for Future Leaders

Wednesday, Jun 1st, 2016

For over 80 years, the Summer Reading Club has been providing the children and teens of Los Angeles with free enrichment opportunities to close the gap of the “summer slump” during their school break. Through fun themes, activities, workshops, performances, and free lunches the Summer Reading Club fosters a love…

ALOUD Summer Preview: Eddie Huang

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Over the last few years, Eddie Huang has catapulted to international fame as a young, hip chef, a bestselling author, and T.V. personality. Beneath the limelight, Huang’s something more akin to a cultural anthropologist fearlessly exploring many offbeat paths to make sense of his place in the world. First, he…

Surf’s Up With Pulitzer Prize Winner William Finnegan

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

On Thursday, May 19, ALOUD welcomes back to the Pacific coast William Finnegan, the winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for biography and New Yorker staff writer. Finnegan’s award-winning new memoir, Barbarian Days, follows his lifelong adventures of chasing waves all over the world. From Guam, Samoa, Fiji to Africa,…
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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…