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 “Well, write poetry, for God’s sake, it’s the only thing that matters.” —e.e. cummings
Luis J. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, February 26, 2015

“Well, write poetry, for God’s sake, it’s the only thing that matters.” —e.e. cummings

That statement, by a U.S. poet known for highly stylized poems, who’s own views moved from Unitarian to Republican, may appear odd, contrived, out of touch. I can’t say Cummings’ words are entirely true. How can poetry be all that matters? Most poets wouldn’t say that. Even good teachers can’t claim...

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City Librarian John Szabo, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez, and Cultural Affairs Director Danielle Brazell

Poet Laureate? Poet Illiterate? What?

Luis J. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, Wednesday, February 4, 2015

When I received the call last September from Mayor Eric Garcetti that I’d been chosen as the new Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, I had to keep this quiet until the official announcement in October.


Books in the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games Series

Public Relations Office, Library Administration, Tuesday, November 18, 2014

As fans enjoy the theatre release of Mockingjay Part 1, we encourage you to read (or read again) the books in the popular Hunger Games series written by


LAPL Celebrates National Transgender Awareness Week!

Hillary St. George, Young Adult Librarian, Atwater Village Branch Library, Friday, November 14, 2014

Transgender Awareness Week takes place November 14th through 20th. It's an opportunity to celebrate so many of the great advancements, achievements and dialogues that have taken place this year.


I Love My Librarian Award

Nominate a Librarian for the I Love My Librarian Award

Public Relations Office, Library Administration, Friday, August 22, 2014

Our librarians make a difference in the lives of people in Los Angeles every day. If a librarian has made a difference in your life, now is the chance to tell your story.


Emmy Nominees on DVD Available at the Library

Public Relations Office, Library Administration, Monday, August 18, 2014

If you enjoy watching TV and are excited about the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards, you’ll be happy to know we have most of the Emmy-nominated TV shows, movies and documentaries in our collection!


LAPL Logo and Literary World Cup Hashtag

Literary World Cup

Public Relations Office, Library Administration, Sunday, July 13, 2014

During the past month, the world has turned its attention to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. This quadrennial celebration of soccer/football/futbol/futebol/Fussball inspired us to hold a World Cup of our own.


New L.A. Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, 16, A student at New Roads High School

LAPL Plays a Role in Selection of City's First Youth Poet Laureate

Public Relations Office, Library Administration, Wednesday, July 2, 2014

On June 14, in Central Library’s filled-to-capacity Taper Auditorium, Amanda Gorman, 16, was named the first Los Angeles Youth Poet Laureate. Gorman will serve as LA Youth Poet Ambassador and receive a book deal with Penmanship Books to publish her first collection of poems and.


LAPL Staffer Art Meza and His Soulful Photography Go Viral

Public Relations Office, Library Administration, Friday, June 27, 2014

With a published book and several art exhibits to his credit, photographer and Los Angeles Public Library staffer Art Meza has a legitimate claim to being considered one of the City's artists of the moment.


Library users are more sociable and active

Public Relations Office, Library Administration, Friday, March 14, 2014

Would you like to improve your social life? Come to the library more often!


How has the library improved your life? Share your story!

Public Relations Office, Library Administration, Monday, March 3, 2014

The Los Angeles Public Library is a finalist for the nation’s highest honor given to a library or museum: the National Medal awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).


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