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Upcoming Events at Central Library
an assortment of craft supplies
February 18, 2020 8:45 AM
We’re making crafts out of old, damaged books. We’ll be selling the crafts to raise money at the monthly book sale. Have fun, learn to make...

a globe next to a stack of books with different languages written on the spine
Every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.
Did you know that Chinese is the most widely spoken first language in the world? Please join us for a class-Chinese for beginners 1.

an older woman with grey hair smiling while wearing headphones attached to the tablet she is looking down at.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Join us at the Central Library first floor lobby area for the Tech Try Out cart. We'll show you how to check out the library's digital...

a globe next to a stack of books with different languages written on the spine
Every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.
Did you know that Chinese is the most widely spoken first language in the world? Please join us for a class-Chinese for beginners 2.

photo of the iconic rotunda chandelier at central library
Monday - Friday, 12:30 p.m.
Visit Los Angeles Public Library's historic Central Library. Enjoy the art and architecture of the 1926 Bertram Goodhue Building with its...

Coffee and croissant
February 18, 2020 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
This is a safe and comfortable space for people from all walks of life to come and talk with their peers and professionals, in order to...

February 18, 2020 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Whether you’re a history buff or an amateur genealogist, join us for a hands-

four participants happily signing during an Urban Voice event
February 18, 2020 3:30 PM
Urban Voices Project brings the healing power of music directly to individuals disenfranchised by homelessness, mental health issues, and...

A group of children listening to an adult read to them.
Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
Stories, songs, fingerplays and more focusing on the five Early Literacy Practices (talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing) that...

Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.
Are you learning Spanish but need some practice speaking? Come join us for a relaxed and informal group conversation to practice your...

What We Are Reading


Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
February 18, 2020
By Angi Brzycki, Librarian III
Novelist and essayist Eve Babitz grew up in Hollywood. Her work focuses on essay memoirs centered in Los Angeles, particularly in the sixties and early seventies. Since the NYRB classics reissued... Continued
February 16, 2020
By Keith Chaffee, Librarian
Ruth Rendell was born on February 17, 1930. Under her own name and the pseudonym Barbara Vine, Rendell wrote more than sixty police procedurals and psychological thrillers.Rendell’s parents were both... Continued
February 14, 2020
By Keith Chaffee, Librarian
John Adams was born on February 15, 1947. Adams is one of America’s most popular classical composers, best known for his operas and orchestral music.Adams was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, and... Continued
February 13, 2020
By Daryl M., Librarian
Ryan La Sala grew up in Connecticut, but only physically. Mentally, he spent most of his childhood in the worlds of Sailor Moon and Xena: Warrior Princess, which perhaps explains all the twirling. He... Continued

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