Fifth & Flower

Meet the Innovation Leadership Program Residents: Part Two

Jun 25, 2012

Recently, we spotlighted Amy Bradley, one of the two inaugural ILP residents. This week, we talked to Yesenia Villar-Villalobos, who is from East Los Angeles and received her M.L.I.S. from UCLA. She became a librarian to help raise awareness—especially within the Latino population—that the library is one of our greatest learning resources. The Innovation Leadership […]



Gail Collins: Obsessed with Texas

Jun 13, 2012

Last night, New York Times columnist Gail Collins visited ALOUD to talk about Texas, and how and why it casts such a large influence over the other 49 states in the union. Collins said that her interest in writing a book about Texas was sparked by Texas Governor Rick Perry’s 2009 “loud speech heavily attacking […]



Meet the Innovation Leadership Program Residents: Part One

Jun 13, 2012

Over the last year, the Library Foundation and Los Angeles Public Library have collaborated to launch the first of its kind librarian residencies in a major public library. The Innovation Leadership Program (ILP), which is in the planning phase of what we hope to be an ongoing program, partners midcareer librarians with recently graduated librarians […]



Believe it… or Not!

Jun 12, 2012

Love this vintage 1929 library photo, found while perusing the amazing LAPL Photo Archive. Wouldn’t it make a great new postcard for the store? Perhaps you’ll see it this fall!



Reflections and Sketches of ALOUD from L.A. Creek Freak

Jun 08, 2012

Over at the LA Creek Freak blog, Joe Linton recaps the recent ALOUD program The Elemental West: Reflections on Moving Water featuring Kathleen Dean Moore, Craig Childs and William Deverell. Thanks for the nice write-up, Joe, and check out the lovely sketch he also did of the panel discussion. If you missed the event, or would like to […]



¡Qué Vivan las Bibliotecas!

May 25, 2012

Library as history. Library as art. Library as culture.  Library as the skeleton of existence. In the spirit of the Mexican Revolution photographic exhibition, A Nation Emerges: The Mexican Revolution Revealed, currently on view at the downtown Central Library (through June 2nd-visit while you can!), I thought it would be fun to lead you on a […]



Gettin’ deals at The Library Store

May 22, 2012

The time of year has come once again… the sun is shining, lemonade is flowing, people are picnicking at the park… which means it’s time for the LIBRARY STORE SUPER SUMMER BLOW OUT SALE! We’re trying things a bit differently this time around. We’ve decided to hold this first weekend of the sale at an offsite location […]



In Memory of a Master: Carlos Fuentes

May 18, 2012

Earlier this week one of Mexico’s greatest writers, and one of the world’s most admired champions of ideas and letters, died in Mexico City. An ardent supporter of libraries, Carlos was honored in 2001 with a Los Angeles Public Library Literary Award for his lifelong commitment to literature. The magnitude of his influence was felt […]



The Los Angeles Public Library Curates the History of Mad Men

May 17, 2012

Over at the Huffington Post, we are excited by a new blog series by the Los Angeles Public Library. With untouchable research skills and a knack for words, the librarians are curating buzzy topics from Mad Men to LA photographer Herman Schultheis. Check out the Mad Men collection: The Los Angeles Public Library: Catnip for […]



Library Love at The Library Store

May 15, 2012

  We’re beyond thrilled with the outcome of our collaboration with MAPTOTE – the official Libraries of Los Angeles Tote! Perfect to schlep your books home from your favorite of the 74 libraries on the map. The team over at MAPTOTE was kind enough to expand the boundaries of their usual L.A. map to include all the branches […]



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