This Year’s Highlights of Membership

Members of the Library Foundation are a dedicated group of people who share a deep commitment to helping the Library provide all Angelenos with access to ideas, information, and lifelong learning. We are so grateful for their support, and in return, have spent 2013 hosting a range of events to celebrate their love for the Los Angeles Public Library. Before we look ahead to 2014 and invite Members to join us for a new slate of special events, here’s a look back at some highlights from this truly remarkable year. If you are not a Member already, please consider becoming a Library Foundation Member today to take part in these special events.

2013 marked the debut of “The Writer’s Cut.” This new program brings today’s most well known television writers and showrunners to the Central Library to discuss storytelling for the small screen. Members heard behind-the-scenes tales from Dan O’Shannon (“Modern Family”), Glen Mazzara (“The Walking Dead”), and, pictured above, Vince Gilligan (“Breaking Bad”).

After the coziest of all fundraisers, the Stay Home and Read a Book Ball, took place last year, writer Mark Salzman, chair of the event, invited Members to participate in a private writing workshop.

Members were also invited to many other exclusive events with celebrated authors including these Leadership Circle receptions and private events:
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Sharon Rising, Marlene Billington and Patt Morrison gather for a reception with Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California.

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As part of What Ever Happened to Moby Dick?, D. Graham Burnett with Douglas Murray, Bernadette Glenn, and Ken Brecher.


Songs in the Key of LA performance with Van Dyke Parks and special guests.

Membership also comes with some special savings benefits. This year, Members received early access to the Summer Sale at the award-winning Library Store and discounts at other Los Angeles organizations as part of May and November’s Member Appreciation Days.

As always, Members received priority notice of the ALOUD lineups throughout the year, and this past September Members also received priority notice to the launch of “Lost & Found at the Movies,” a new series celebrating the art of cinema and the vitality of film culture. Curated by John Nein, senior programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, the program kicked off with Los Angeles Times and NPR Film Critic Kenneth Turan talking about how and where we watch films in L.A. (pictured above.)
The Young Literati’s annual Annenberg Beach House party was the perfect kick off to “Whatever Happened to Moby Dick?”. Members were treated to readings by Moby, Mark Z. Danielewski, Colin Hanks, and Attica Locke; a DJ set by Shepard Fairey; and a special acoustic performance by thenewno2.

Young Literati also enjoyed cocktails with Roy Choi after a particularly mouthwatering edition of ALOUD. During the evening, Roy Choi discussed his fascinating journey, which has culminated in his critically-acclaimed Kogi BBQ Trucks and several much-loved restaurants. He then joined Young Literati Members in the courtyard for a private reception featuring tacos and beer!
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And the Young Literati’s Private Party at Subliminal Projects was an evening of literary inspiration at Amanda and Shepard Fairey’s Echo Park gallery space. Kai and Sunny’s literature-inspired artwork provided a beautiful backdrop for Young Literati to mingle and enjoy special cocktails from The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

Thank you to all of our Members for spending the year with us! If you are looking for some last minute holiday gifts, Membership is the gift that keeps on giving. For a limited time this December and January, a generous Member of our Board of Directors will match your gift dollar for dollar when you join the Library Foundation.

For more information about Membership contact Erin Sapinoso at erinsapinoso@lfla.org. Or for more information about the Young Literati, contact Jennnifer Kondo at jenniferkondo@lfla.org.

 

Deals Deals Deals!

The Library Store will be holding their annual SUPER SALE, starting this Friday 5/31 in Meeting Room A at Central Library. Hundreds of items are marked 50-75% off, with new items being added daily! Shop early for the best selection!

Sale Hours:

Friday 5/31  10:00am – 5:30pm

Saturday 6/1 10:00am – 5:30pm

Monday 6/3 10:00am – 7:00pm

Tuesday 6/4 10:00am – 7:00pm

Questions? Call The Library Store (213)228-7550

Want to shop the sale first? Members of The Library Foundation of Los Angeles are invited to a private Members-Only Preview Thursday 5/30 2:00pm – 7:00pm! Become a member of The Library Foundation by clicking HERE or contact Membership Director Erin Sapinoso at erinsapinoso@lfla.org.

Spread some love for the Los Angeles Public Library this holiday season!

Still searching for that perfect present for the library lover?  Consider giving the gift of membership with the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.  Benefits include:

- Advance electronic notification of ALOUD programs;
- Discounts on ticketed ALOUD and This is Your Library events;
- A subscription to the Library Foundation’s quarterly newsletter; and,
- Store discounts and free admission to other Southern California museums and institutions during Member Appreciation Days.

Want to add something extra?  Tack on a USB featuring a curated set of ALOUD programs from the past 20 years with guests like: Susan Sontag, Robert Pinsky, Toni Morrison, Isabel Allende, Carlos Fuentes, Richard Ford, Justice Stephen Breyer, Wael Ghonim, Terry Tempest Williams, Patti Smith, Philip Levine, and August Wilson.

Thank you for supporting the Los Angeles Public Library and best wishes for happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

Become a Member and Double Your Impact!

For a limited time only this holiday season, a generous member of our Board of Directors will match your gift dollar for dollar:

     – When you join the Foundation as a new Member;
     – When you re-join the Foundation if your Membership is currently expired; or,
     – When you upgrade your Membership as a current Member.

 

This challenge grant will double your gift so we can increase the impact of our efforts to support and enrich the Los Angeles Public Library.

For more information about Membership opportunities, contact Membership Director Erin Sapinoso at (213) 228-7552 or erinsapinoso@lfla.org.

Spread the joy of free and universal access to information, lifelong learning, and critical thought by becoming a Library Foundation Member today!

Member Appreciation Days

Attention members of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles!

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday November 23-25, 2012* (see postcard for schedule, details and restrictions), active card carrying members of the Library Foundation can enjoy free admission and receive a special 20% discount at any of the following Southern California institutions:

  • California Science Center
  • Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
  • Chinese American Museum
  • Craft and Folk Art Museum
  • FIDM Museum & Galleries
  • Fowler Museum at UCLA
  • Heritage Square Museum
  • J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Japanese American National Museum
  • Kidspace Children’s Museum
  • LA Phil Store at Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • The Library Store at Central Library
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
  • MOCA Grand Avenue
  • The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
  • MOCA Pacific Design Center
  • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
  • Museum of Latin American Art
  • Orange County Museum of Art
  • Pacific Asia Museum
  • Pasadena Museum of California Art
  • Pasadena Museum of History
  • The San Diego Museum of Art
  • Santa Monica Museum of Art
  • Skirball Cultural Center
Just show your valid Library Foundation membership card and have fun!

 

Join the Library Foundation for a Chance to Win…

Become a member of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles to be entered into a raffle to win a pair of tickets for the David Byrne and Trent Reznor ALOUD program this Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 8 P.M. at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre!  To participate, sign up online by midnight on Thursday, October 11 and enter the code ByrneALOUD in the “Why did you choose to give?” box.  If you are the lucky winner, we will contact you by Friday, October 12.

A Treatise on the Benefits of Membership

You may be a card carrying member of the Los Angeles Public Library, but are you a card carrying member of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles?  The Library Foundation’s primary reason for being is to support and strengthen the Los Angeles Public Library, which begs the question, why wouldn’t you be a member?  Just think about what the library really means…

Public Library = Cornerstone of Democracy
We all have free and universal access to information thanks to the Los Angeles Public Library.  It doesn’t matter who you are or what information you seek.  Library patrons have the opportunity to actively participate in any and all aspects of society through the search and discovery of information in books, media collections, free programs, and the expertise of librarians.  As technology continues its rapid advancement, the Library makes sure that technology and digital information are available for all, even for job searches and employment development.  The Los Angeles Public Library provides access to knowledge for the residents of our city to create, share, and use information and engage in civic life.

Public Library = Institution of Learning
Individuals of any age, gender, ethnicity, belief system, and income level can receive an education through the free university that is the Los Angeles Public Library.  People utilize resources at 73 Public Libraries to embark on journeys of discovery and exploration into other worlds.  Adults develop English literacy skills through one-on-one tutoring; K-12 students and adult learners access an online tutoring service that provides one-on-one help; and, teens participate in workshops that prepare them for college entrance exams and applications.  Even pre-school children (ages 0-5) build pre-literacy skills by participating in read-alouds and storytimes with their parents.  Visit the Los Angeles Public Library to be a student of personal growth and development and pursue a degree in lifelong learning.

Public Library = Curator of Culture
The Los Angeles Public Library celebrates critical thought, creativity, and humanity.  People come to the Central Library galleries and they can experience a photography exhibit on the social unrest and uprisings of the Mexican Revolution; or they can trace the growth of their city in historical maps; or they can enjoy the whimsy of vintage film posters, publicity photographs, postcards and advertisements from the Hollywood collection.  The Library Foundation’s own ALOUD program recognizes the importance of art, science, politics, and literature by bringing together the brightest minds to engage in critical discussions with each other and the public.  By the way, these cultural programs are also free and open to everyone!

So, what are the benefits of membership?

  • Knowing that you are supporting something that really matters – the Los Angeles Public Library
  • Assurance that our city’s children, teens, and adults will continue to have access to critical information, technology, programs and services
  • Being part of a community of like-minded people who are dedicated to and believe in a great cause that is important in our society

Membership starts at $50, and there are several different levels at which you can be involved.  Take a look at the membership breakdown below, visit our website at http://www.lfla.org/support/ or contact me at (213) 228-7552 or erinsapinoso@lfla.org for additional information.  My name is Erin Sapinoso.  I’m the membership director, and I would be happy to hear from you!

Wait! There’s more!
Members, we are grateful for your support!  Member Appreciation Days are this weekend!  On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday May 11 to 13, 2012, you can show your valid Library Foundation membership card at any of the following institutions and receive reciprocal free admission and 20% store discounts:

California Science Center
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Chinese American Museum
FIDM Museum & Galleries (Friday & Saturday only)
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Hammer Museum
Heritage Square Museum
J. Paul Getty Museum
Japanese American National Museum
The Library Store at Central Library (Friday & Saturday only)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art
MOCA Grand Avenue
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
MOCA Pacific Design Center
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Museum of Latin American Art
Orange County Museum of Art
Pacific Asia Museum
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Pasadena Museum of History
The San Diego Museum of Art
Skirball Cultural Center (Saturday & Sunday only)

We’d love your feedback!  Let us know what you think of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles membership program by taking a short survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LPCXHH6.