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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 […]



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 […]



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 lfla.dev/aloud 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 […]



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 […]



Re-thinking the Modern City through Menus of Its Past

Jul 07, 2015

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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 […]



Join Us at the Table for “To Live and Dine in L.A.”

Jun 12, 2015

Los Angeles has become one of the great food capitals of the world, and if like the saying goes, “you are what you eat,” then what does the city’s relationship to food say about its people? Launching this summer, the Library Foundation will celebrate the rich–and untold–history of restaurants and food in the City of […]



We’re Nominated!

May 28, 2015

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We are excited to announce that The Library Store and ALOUD have been nominated for the Best of Downtown by the Downtown News! Best Free Event Series: ALOUD at the Central Library Best Bookstore: The Library Store Best Gift & Stationery Store: The Library Store The Los Angeles Public Library has also made it on the Best of Downtown Ballot for: […]



Coming Soon to ALOUD: The Extraordinary Tracy K. Smith

May 22, 2015

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Throughout the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet’s new memoir, Ordinary Light, radiant flashes of poetry permeate Tracy K. Smith’s narrative. With great empathy and attention to beauty, Smith recalls her childhood growing up in a sheltered Northern California town, and explores belief, loss, history, and what it means to be black in America. Set against the backdrop of her mother’s illness […]



Enter to Win—Judy Blume Giveaway!

May 15, 2015

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Beloved storyteller Judy Blume has won the hearts and minds of readers of all ages. With classics like Wifey, Deenie, Freckle Juice, and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, many of us Blume fans have one book that we hold especially dear to our hearts. What’s your favorite? Blume comes to ALOUD on June 9 for a special evening […]



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