Fifth & Flower

Navigating Dual Worlds with Pulitzer Prize Winner Viet Thanh Nguyen

Apr 19, 2016

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“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 […]



Coming Soon: A Very L.A. Spelling Bee

Mar 07, 2016

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On Saturday, March 19, the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library will host an unprecedented dual language English and Spanish spelling bee in the Mark Taper Auditorium of downtown’s historic Central Library. During this unique event hosted by author, lecturer, OC Weekly editor, and word expert Gustavo Arellano, participants of […]



From the Archives: The Historic Architecture of the Oscars

Feb 26, 2016

With preparations for the 88th Academy Awards well underway this week, did you know that this star-studded event did not always take place in the epicenter of the Hollywood drag? Right around the corner from the downtown Central Library, the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel was the founding site for the Oscars when the Academy of […]



A Life in Photography: Sebastião Salgado at ALOUD

Feb 24, 2016

“I am not a social photographer. I am not an economic photographer. I’m not a photojournalist. Photography is much more than that. Photography is my life. It’s my way of life, and my language,” explained Sebastião Salgado when he spoke to The New York Times last spring. For over 40 years, Salgado has been communicating […]



Stay Home and Read a Book with Judy Blume

Feb 23, 2016

“Ask any writer and you’ll undoubtedly hear about the libraries in their lives,” writes Judy Blume, the award-winning and best-selling author and this year’s Stay Home and Read a Book Ball chair.   Blume firmly believes in the power of libraries and books to change lives, “Ask any reader and you will hear that books […]



Young Literati Gathers L.A.’s Best and Brightest

Feb 12, 2016

On Saturday, Feb. 20, actors, musicians, and celebrated Angelenos will join together to benefit the Los Angeles Public Library at the Eighth Annual Toast, hosted by the Young Literati of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. Held at the historic AVALON Hollywood, the Young Literati’s biggest event of the year will be curated by philanthropist, […]



Hollywood Is A Verb: Los Angeles Tackles the Oxford English Dictionary

Feb 10, 2016

This March, the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library invite readers across the city to explore the most epic of dictionaries and rethink the fundamental importance of language — both in Southern California and beyond — with Hollywood Is a Verb: Los Angeles Tackles the Oxford English Dictionary. Through a […]



Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan 14, 2016

This Monday, January 18, we will all pause to remember the legacy of Dr. King’s life and work. Since being signed into law in 1983, this national holiday was envisioned to be “a day on, not a day off,” by bringing the community together in a day of service or celebration. Although the Library will […]



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