Fifth & Flower

Halloween Season Creeping In at the Library

Oct 06, 2015

October is officially the most festive month at the Los Angeles Public Library with a whirlwind of Halloween-themed activities for the whole family. Beyond getting your fill of books, movies, and music to inspire a ghoulish month, here are a few fun programs popping up before the trick-or-treaters hit the streets–from ghostly story times to […]

Fall Stops for The Library Store On Wheels

Oct 01, 2015

"Library Store on Wheels" photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Check out upcoming stops for The Library Store On Wheels! Saturday, October 3 @ Los Angeles Printers Fair Bringing together the creative worlds of letterpress printing, graphic arts, printmaking, and paper at The Printing Museum. Get your tickets HERE. Saturday, October 10 @ Fall Into Literacy Book Festival The Library Store On Wheels is heading back […]

Improvising with Patti Smith and Jonathan Lethem

Sep 18, 2015

Rocker Patti Smith's song "Mercy Is" created for the film, Noah, is in contention for the Oscar for Best Original Song. She is photographed at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in New York City on November 22nd, 2014.

Before writer Jonathan Lethem wrote nine critically acclaimed novels, he found early inspiration in the “formless” form of Patti Smith’s unhindered lyrics. On Monday, November 16, Smith will visit ALOUD to discuss her new memoir, M Train, which reflects on some of the memorable places that have defined the legendary artist’s remarkable life. ALOUD is […]

One Family’s Path to Lifelong Learning

Sep 09, 2015

When you don’t speak the language, or have a job, or understand the lay of the land, how do you navigate the difficult process of moving to a new place and starting a new life? Twenty-four years ago, Sergio Sanchez and his wife, Francisca, emigrated from Veracruz, Mexico to Los Angeles and soon thereafter sought […]

Back to School at the Library

Sep 02, 2015

As students across the city return to school this month, the Los Angeles Public Library is especially abuzz with learning. The fresh start of a new school year is a great reminder of the range of ways the Library fosters lifelong learning year-round–and not just for children and teens. Here are a few of the […]

Cool Treats at the Library

Aug 26, 2015


Food has been a hot topic this summer at the Los Angeles Public Library as we’ve explored our city’s long culinary history through the Library’s menu collection with “To Live and Dine in L.A.” In an effort to beat the heat this week, we thought it would be fun to take a culinary detour through […]

Sneak Peek: Film to Table

Aug 20, 2015


On Thursday, August 27, Lost & Found at the Movies returns to Central Library for a seven-course filmic feast exploring the many rich flavors of “food in film.” With special guests Laura Gabbert (filmmaker) and Jonathan Gold (subject) of the new documentary City of Gold, a fascinating, layered portrait of the Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic […]

On the Horizon at ALOUD

Aug 14, 2015

Rocker Patti Smith's song "Mercy Is" created for the film, Noah, is in contention for the Oscar for Best Original Song. She is photographed at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in New York City on November 22nd, 2014.

ALOUD is gearing up for a whirlwind fall season with an incredible slate of authors, artists, thinkers, and activists! Here’s a rundown of what’s on the horizon. Be sure to visit for more details. Kicking off the season on Thursday, Sept. 10, revered author and 2012 Los Angeles Public Library Literary Award winner Salman Rushdie returns […]

Taking the Stage for “To Live and Dine L.A.: A Live Mixtape”

Jul 30, 2015

  Mashing up food with music, live storytelling with video, conversations with beats and rhymes, join hip hop artist Rakaa Iriscience (Dilated Peoples), chef Roy Choi, and USC professor Josh Kun for a one-of-a-kind Los Angeles evening. On Sunday, August 9 at The Regent Theater, “To Live and Dine in L.A.: A Live Mixtape,” will […]

Coming Soon to ALOUD: Meghan Daum and Leslie Jamison

Jul 17, 2015

“Every writer says this, but growing up, the library was my main place,” said critically-acclaimed author and Los Angeles Times opinion columnist Meghan Daum last year when she spoke to us about her love of the Los Angeles Public Library. Next Thursday, July 23, Daum will return to her beloved sanctuary when she shares the […]

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