Fifth & Flower

Two GRAMMY Award-Winning Artists Intersect at ALOUD

Jun 16, 2016

On Monday, June 20, songwriters and authors Rosanne Cash and Joe Henry will share the ALOUD stage for Composed: The Intersection of Poetry and Song. The GRAMMY Award-winning artists will muse on the transcendent power of language and music and treat the audience to a special live performance. Before the duo serenade Central Library’s Mark […]

Sneak Peek: The Writer’s Cut with Damon Lindelof and Joel Stein

Jun 08, 2016

This Friday, June 10th, the Library Foundation’s sixth episode of “The Writer’s Cut” returns to the stage with one of today’s most captivating apocalyptic television trailblazers. Damon Lindelof, creator, executive producer, and showrunner for HBO’s The Leftovers, and creator/showrunner of Lost, will go behind-the-scenes of his otherworldly shows. Lindelof will be in conversation with writer/journalist […]

Building a Future for Future Leaders

Jun 01, 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 for reading and libraries for […]

ALOUD Summer Preview: Eddie Huang

May 20, 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 brought old school Taiwanese street […]

Surf’s Up With Pulitzer Prize Winner William Finnegan

May 17, 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, Finnegan vividly describes how his […]

Spend the Summer with ALOUD

Apr 29, 2016

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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, bestselling Fresh Off the Boat […]

The Library Store reopens!

Apr 20, 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 Angeles Public Library-themed items (Socks! […]

Navigating Dual Worlds with Pulitzer Prize Winner Viet Thanh Nguyen

Apr 19, 2016


“I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces. Perhaps not surprisingly, I am also a man of two minds. I am not some misunderstood mutant from a comic book or a horror movie, although some have treated me as such. I am simply able to see any issue from both […]

Head of the Class

Apr 14, 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 itself that way. We are […]

Well-Versed for National Poetry Month

Apr 06, 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 Festival at the 5th Annual […]