Summer Inspiration at the Library

Thursday, Jun 18th, 2015

From puppet musicals to the art of cupcakes, the Los Angeles Public Library will keep your creativity flowing all summer long with a range of free activities for children and adults. Whether looking to relax, listen, learn, or make, here’s a list of a few fun workshops, clubs, classes and…

Join Us at the Table for “To Live and Dine in L.A.”

Friday, Jun 12th, 2015

Los Angeles has become one of the great food capitals of the world, and if like the saying goes, “you are what you eat,” then what does the city’s relationship to food say about its people? Launching this summer, the Library Foundation will celebrate the rich–and untold–history of restaurants and…
Read to the Rhythm2

Ozomatli Rocks Summer Fun at the Library

Tuesday, Jun 2nd, 2015

Five years ago, the City of Los Angeles officially declared April 23 as “Ozomatli Day” to commend the homegrown, genre-defying, GRAMMY-winning band. This most recent “Ozomatli Day” was especially significant for the band—they marked their 20th anniversary together making electro-cumbia/garage rock/hip-hop/Pérez Prado mambo infused tunes, and also released a new…

We’re Nominated!

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

We are excited to announce that The Library Store and ALOUD have been nominated for the Best of Downtown by the Downtown News! Best Free Event Series: ALOUD at the Central Library Best Bookstore: The Library Store Best Gift & Stationery Store: The Library Store The Los Angeles Public Library has also made it on the…

S U P E R S A L E ! ! ! ! !

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

It’s SUPER SALE time again at The Library Store! Join us to shop hundreds of items marked 50 to 75% off, plus other items priced as marked.* Sale starts Friday 5/29 in Central Library’s Meeting Room A and continues: Members Only Preview, Thursday 5/28: 5 pm – 7 pm Members…

Coming Soon to ALOUD: The Extraordinary Tracy K. Smith

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Throughout the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet’s new memoir, Ordinary Light, radiant flashes of poetry permeate Tracy K. Smith’s narrative. With great empathy and attention to beauty, Smith recalls her childhood growing up in a sheltered Northern California town, and explores belief, loss, history, and what it means to be black in America. Set against the…

Los Angeles Public Library Awarded Nation’s Highest Library Honor

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

On Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the Los Angeles Public Library with this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service on behalf of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Celebrating extraordinary and innovating approaches to public service, this award is the nation’s highest honor given each year to five…

From the Archives: Mad Men

Monday, May 18th, 2015

As we bid farewell to Mad Men and the series finale that AMC’s marketing team climatically promoted as “the end of an era,” we combed through the Los Angeles Public Library’s archives to look at some of the real ads of this era. Just like many of the cutting-edge campaigns that Don…

Enter to Win—Judy Blume Giveaway!

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Beloved storyteller Judy Blume has won the hearts and minds of readers of all ages. With classics like Wifey, Deenie, Freckle Juice, and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, many of us Blume fans have one book that we hold especially dear to our hearts. What’s your favorite? Blume comes to ALOUD on…

Untold Stories: Jennifer Clement at ALOUD

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Based on a lifetime of living in Mexico and some 10 years of interviewing and listening to the stories of the female survivors and victims of Mexico’s gruesome drug culture, award-winning author Jennifer Clement delivers a deeply poignant novel about hope in the face of darkness.  Former ALOUD participant and author Francisco…