Fifth & Flower

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 […]

Playing Soon… To Live and Dine in L.A.: A Live Mixtape

Jul 14, 2015


Join the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library for an evening of rhymes, music, and eats to raise awareness about food history and food justice in Los Angeles. On Sunday, August 9, hip hop artist Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, chef Roy Choi, and USC professor Josh Kun will host […]

Re-thinking the Modern City through Menus of Its Past

Jul 07, 2015


Following the vibrant collaboration with the Library Foundation and the Los Angeles Public Library in 2013 to rediscover one of the Library’s hidden treasures—its vast sheet music collection—cultural scholar and USC Annenberg Professor Josh Kun eagerly signed on to continue mining the Library’s archives. “Our experience with reanimating these archival documents and bringing them to […]

Fall in Love with Los Angeles at ALOUD

Jul 03, 2015

What do you see when you wander the streets of L.A.? On July 9, ALOUD invites you to explore our city in a new way, with Love, Los Angeles: A Conversation in Words and Images featuring local journalist and essayist Lynell George and poet Marisela Norte. Both writers will share their photographs and texts–a series […]

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