Fifth & Flower

ALOUD and LAPL Among Favorite Local Literary Spots

Aug 23, 2012

Even if you are already one who hits the Los Angeles literary pavement, you might learn something new with this great post over at Ploughshares that covers the who, what, when, and where of our city’s great spots for readers and writers alike. Literary Boroughs #13: Los Angeles, California | Ploughshares.  



Children and Teen Read Through the Summer at the LAPL

Aug 22, 2012

In 1930, the Los Angeles Public Library’s summer reading program was conceived as a way to encourage children—not tied to farm work—to continue reading during their summer vacation. Today, although the program is more urban, it still has the same mission: to foster literacy and learning when students are out of school. Beyond improving reading […]



Bookmark This! Meet Our New Reading Community

Aug 20, 2012

I am excited to launch Bookmark This!, the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ recommended reading program. Each month, we will present you with a list of books, stories, or poems recommended by Foundation and Los Angeles Public Library staff, members, and ALOUD participants for your reading pleasure. In this inaugural issue, we have five recommendations […]



Measure L on the Up-Swing!

Aug 15, 2012

We loved this piece at OnCentral on how Measure L is helping Los Angeles Public Libraries return to their full glory. Check it out: ‘Second home’: South LA library’s offerings go beyond just books | OnCentral.  



Love Your Librarian

Aug 15, 2012

We here at The Library Store definitely have some love for our librarians. Their knowledge and zest for what they do is an inspiration! This is why we were so excited when we came across these awesome Love Your Librarian t-shirts & tote bags. Now available at the store & online!



Newer Poets Primer: Part Three with Suzanne Lummis

Jul 24, 2012

Tonight, July 24 at ALOUD, the 17th edition of the annual newer poets program comes to the stage with six of Los Angeles’ freshest voices. There’s still time to reserve your free ticket here. To get ready for this event, we caught up with the guest curators of the event. In Part One, we caught […]



Newer Poets Primer: Part Two with Eloise Klein Healy

Jul 20, 2012

Next Tuesday, July 24 at ALOUD, the 17th edition of the annual newer poets program comes to the stage with six of Los Angeles’ freshest voices. Click here to reserve your free ticket. What exactly is a “newer” poet? And what is happening on the frontlines of the L.A. poetry scene? To get ready for […]



Newer Poets Primer: Part One with Gail Wronsky

Jul 19, 2012

Next Tuesday, July 24 at ALOUD, the 17th edition of the annual newer poets program comes to the stage with six of Los Angeles’ freshest voices. Reserve your free ticket here for the event, which is ALOUD’s longest-running program in its 19-year history. What exactly is a “newer” poet? And what is happening on the […]



Louise Steinman’s “My English Teacher”

Jul 11, 2012

Over at the Los Angeles Review of Books, our own Louise Steinman gives a beautiful tribute to her high school English teacher, Lorraine Schulmeister. Both a profile of an inspiring woman, and a slice of Los Angeles in the sixties, read the full story here.  



Status Report: US Libraries

Jul 03, 2012

Thanks to the ALA for this helpful infographic detailing the current state of US Libraries. Today, the role of a library is a lifeline to the technology resources and training essential to full participation in the nation’s economy. Keep that lifeline alive by supporting the Library Foundation of Los Angeles!



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