Fifth & Flower

E-books, Lawsuits, Rain, and Groosling

Apr 13, 2012

The cagey path of e-books got a bit more crooked this week with authors’ opposition to the Justice Department’s suit against Apple and five publishers. In this Los Angeles Times article by Carolyn Kellogg, Michael Connelly and Sherman Alexie spoke out with their concerns on the “misguided lawsuit” intended to regulate e-book pricing. How best […]



Mining the Vaults: What Were the Big Questions of 1999?

Apr 12, 2012

We recently uncovered this terrific photo of ALOUD Curator and LFLA Cultural Programs Director Louise Steinman, in what appears to be a thoughtful, fun conversation with artist/filmmaker/composer/inventor/musician/chart-topper Laurie Anderson (as if that job title weren’t cool enough, she’s also married to Lou Reed!) The program, which took place on September 19th, 1999, was part of […]



Oldies but Goodies

Apr 11, 2012

In honor of National Library week, we thought we’d round up a few of our favorite tried-and-true library related items. These may not be the newest things in our store, but we can’t bear to not stock them- they’re just so perfect for our collection of library goods! Starting with the image above, the I […]



Inspiration for the Day

Apr 09, 2012

Look here for more photos of these extraordinary pieces from artist Matthew Picton. They’re “map sculptures”: that is, paper sculptures of cities. But here’s the twist: the city is made up of books and other textual materials related to that respective city. And not only that, but the texts which the artist picks are usually […]



Stay home and read? Absolutely!

Apr 06, 2012

Thanks to hundreds of book lovers, reading enthusiasts and homebodies, the 2012 Stay Home and Read a Book Ball has received nearly 300 gifts and raised $40,000! From If You Give a Moose a Muffin to The Club Dumas to How to Clean Practically Anything, Los Angeles Public Library supporters enthusiastically touted their book choices […]



Homemade Pop-Tarts?… Yes please!

Apr 04, 2012

There are few things that get us as excited in The Library Store as the arrival of a new cookbook– and if that cookbook offers a recipe for a homemade pastry treat, well, we’re just bowled over! In honor of our first official post here on Fifth & Flower, we’re sharing the recipe for these […]



Kicking Off National Poetry Month

Apr 02, 2012

T.S. Eliot dubbed April the “cruelest month,” but for poetry enthusiasts today, we consider April the happiest month—an entire month to celebrate poetry and its vital place in our culture. How do you plan to celebrate? First off, stop by your neighborhood library to check out some poetry books. Secondly, join us at ALOUD on […]



Mining the Vaults: Supreme Court in the House

Mar 29, 2012

The Supreme Court has been at the top of the headlines this week. What exactly goes on inside those high-minded heads? Check out this video with Justice Stephen Breyer when he stopped by ALOUD. Justice Stephen Breyer: Through the Eyes of a Judge: Making Democracy Work from ALOUDla on Vimeo.



Congratulations to Local Poet Wanda Coleman on National Award

Mar 29, 2012

Wanda Coleman, who is coming to ALOUD on Thursday, April 12, has just been honored by the Poetry Society of America. Congratulations to one of L.A.’s brightest voices! Announcing the 2012 Shelley Memorial Award, Wanda Coleman – Poetry Society of America. Reserve your free ticket for Wanda Coleman at ALOUD on Thursday, April 12.   […]



Save the Date: Library Foundation20th Anniversary Celebration

Mar 21, 2012

Dear readers, One of our big initiatives as of late has been the planning of our 20th Anniversary Celebration, which is planned for the evening of Sunday, September 23rd. Some of you may have attended our past Awards Dinner events, where we have honored philanthropists, and authors such as Walter Mosley, Harper Lee, Susan Sontag, […]



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