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Central Library

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Address:
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone:
213-228-7000
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Librarian:
Kren Malone, Director

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Upcoming Events at Central Library
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Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m.
This class explores works of fiction and non-fiction from various cultures around the world as a way to understand our differences and the...

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Tuesdays at 4 p.m.
Learn about the guitar and songwriting in this hour-long teen program. It’s fun and easy. Don’t have a guitar? No matter. Songwriting only...

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Tuesdays at 4 p.m.
Do you want to learn Korean? Join us and learn the Korean language and culture. This program is presented by the Los Angeles Public Library...

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Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
Join us for Chinese (Mandarin) class for beginners. Please reserve your spot at language@lapl.org to join the session.

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Wednesdays at 12 p.m.
Take some time for your creative pursuits with fellow art-makers in this virtual studio hour. Bring whatever creative project you're...

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March 3, 2021 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Join attorneys from non-profit Inner City Law as they cover important information about housing rights for tenants in Los Angeles County. A...

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March 3, 2021 3:00 PM
Got a gripe you want to vent about? Need to gush about that last episode of the Mandalorian? Come to Teen’Scape Tea Time and chat with...

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March 3, 2021 4:00 PM
Volunteer at Teen’scape online.

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March 4, 2021 4:00 PM
You don’t need a fancy camera to capture beautiful images. Learn the basic compositional tools and techniques to take great photos with any...

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Thursdays at 5:45 p.m.
Americans often speak fast and use confusing expressions and slang. One effective and fun way to improve your comprehension and...



What We Are Reading

  • The daughters of Kobani : a story of rebellion, courage, and justice

    The daughters of Kobani : a story of rebellion, courage, and justice

    Lemmon, Gayle Tzemach
  • The atmosphere of crime, 1957

    The atmosphere of crime, 1957

    Parks, Gordon, 1912-2006
  • Parks x Ali

    Parks x Ali

    Parks, Gordon, 1912-2006.
  • Soul food love : healthy recipes inspired by one hundred years of cooking in a Black family

    Soul food love : healthy recipes inspired by one hundred years of cooking in a Black family

    Randall, Alice, 1959-
  • N*gga Theory: Race, Language, Unequal Justice, and the Law

    N*gga Theory: Race, Language, Unequal Justice, and the Law

    Armour, Jody David

    Jody Armour is the Roy P.

  • Spritzing to success, with the woman who brought an industry to its senses

    Spritzing to success, with the woman who brought an industry to its senses

    Green, Annette
  • The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne

    The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne

    Hart, Elsa
  • Hella

    Hella

    Gerrold, David, 1944-
  • The Lost Book of Adana Moreau

    The Lost Book of Adana Moreau

    Zapata, Michael
  • The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers

    The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers

    Levesque, Emily

    Emily Levesque, a professor of astron

  • Life on a string : the Yale Puppeteers and the Turnabout Puppet Theatre

    Life on a string : the Yale Puppeteers and the Turnabout Puppet Theatre

    Rice, Christina, 1974-
  • The man who ate too much : the life of James Beard

    The man who ate too much : the life of James Beard

    Birdsall, John
  • Never turn back : a novel

    Never turn back : a novel

    Swann, Christopher, 1970-
  • The Devil and the Dark Water

    The Devil and the Dark Water

    Turton, Stuart

    In The Devil and the Dark Water,

  • Scandinavian noir : in pursuit of a mystery

    Scandinavian noir : in pursuit of a mystery

    Lesser, Wendy

Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
March 02, 2021
By Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian
Stars have always fascinated mankind. They are included in songs, children’s rhymes, poems, and stories. Stars have always mystified us, but their story has been unfolding throughout the ages. Here... Continued
March 02, 2021
By Lauren Kratz, Children's Librarian
Natalie Riess is an Austin, Texas-based cartoonist and illustrator. Natalie’s popular graphic novel Space Battle Lunchtime Vol. 1 was her first published comic (in 2016) by Oni Press. Natalie uses... Continued
March 01, 2021
By Janice Batzdorff, Librarian
Screenwriters for The Dig, Nomadland, White Tiger, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Queen’s Gambit, The Father, One Night in Miami and News of the World are possible award contenders for their... Continued
March 01, 2021
By Tina Princenthal, Senior Librarian
In 1945, Fortune magazine published a list of America’s most popular women. Timeless homemaker Betty Crocker was awarded second place and the title of “First Lady of Food,” following none other than... Continued

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