Fifth & Flower

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!



Five Questions for Dana Spiotta

Jun 27, 2012

This week, ALOUD is hosting novelist Dana Spiotta in conversation with Janet Fitch and LA Times staff writer Carolyn Kellogg on “Artists and Survivors: Lost and Found in LA.” Spiotta’s critically acclaimed Stone Arabia takes place in Los Angeles and follows the downward spiral of a musician in the midst of his niece making a […]



Meet the Innovation Leadership Program Residents: Part Two

Jun 25, 2012

Recently, we spotlighted Amy Bradley, one of the two inaugural ILP residents. This week, we talked to Yesenia Villar-Villalobos, who is from East Los Angeles and received her M.L.I.S. from UCLA. She became a librarian to help raise awareness—especially within the Latino population—that the library is one of our greatest learning resources. The Innovation Leadership […]



Gail Collins: Obsessed with Texas

Jun 13, 2012

Last night, New York Times columnist Gail Collins visited ALOUD to talk about Texas, and how and why it casts such a large influence over the other 49 states in the union. Collins said that her interest in writing a book about Texas was sparked by Texas Governor Rick Perry’s 2009 “loud speech heavily attacking […]



Meet the Innovation Leadership Program Residents: Part One

Jun 13, 2012

Over the last year, the Library Foundation and Los Angeles Public Library have collaborated to launch the first of its kind librarian residencies in a major public library. The Innovation Leadership Program (ILP), which is in the planning phase of what we hope to be an ongoing program, partners midcareer librarians with recently graduated librarians […]



Believe it… or Not!

Jun 12, 2012

Love this vintage 1929 library photo, found while perusing the amazing LAPL Photo Archive. Wouldn’t it make a great new postcard for the store? Perhaps you’ll see it this fall!



Reflections and Sketches of ALOUD from L.A. Creek Freak

Jun 08, 2012

Over at the LA Creek Freak blog, Joe Linton recaps the recent ALOUD program The Elemental West: Reflections on Moving Water featuring Kathleen Dean Moore, Craig Childs and William Deverell. Thanks for the nice write-up, Joe, and check out the lovely sketch he also did of the panel discussion. If you missed the event, or would like to […]



¡Qué Vivan las Bibliotecas!

May 25, 2012

Library as history. Library as art. Library as culture.  Library as the skeleton of existence. In the spirit of the Mexican Revolution photographic exhibition, A Nation Emerges: The Mexican Revolution Revealed, currently on view at the downtown Central Library (through June 2nd-visit while you can!), I thought it would be fun to lead you on a […]



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