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Central Library

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630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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Kren Malone, Director

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Upcoming Events at Central Library
Richard Foss displaying numerous cooking pots
April 10, 2021 10:30 AM
Cooking started out straightforward: put food over a fire and turn it occasionally until it looks and smells ready. What have people done...

globe chandelier located in the Central Library rotunda
Saturdays at 11 a.m.
Take an hour-long Zoom tour through the Los Angeles Central Library. Your docent-guide will share slides, videos, and stories about the...

Andrés Panasiuk nos enseñará sobre finanzas
April 10, 2021 3:00 PM
El escritor Andrés Panasiuk nos enseñará sobre finanzas y hablará de los 12 principios para que tus hijos vivan mejor que tú. Estos...

pink and green sillouettes with colorful headscarf
April 12, 2021 4:00 PM
You Don’t Have to Be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves is an inclusive anthology for teen girls, released by Workman...

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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...

colorful row of guitar necks
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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Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
Join us for Chinese (Mandarin) class for beginners. Please reserve your spot at to join the session.

colorful craft paper collage
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...

teens sipping tea with green text bubbles
April 14, 2021 3:00 PM
Got a gripe you want to vent about? Need to gush about that last episode of WandaVision? Come to Teen’Scape Tea Time and chat with other...

teen crafting at home cutting a piece of pink paper
April 14, 2021 4:00 PM
Pick a craft—any craft! We’ll start each session with a selection of crafting books from the library’s collection. Then, we’ll all work on...

What We Are Reading

Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
April 09, 2021
By Alan Westby, Librarian
On Easter Sunday, 1939, contralto Marian Anderson performed one of the most significant concerts in American history. Though Anderson was originally scheduled to perform in Washington D.C.'s... Continued
April 08, 2021
By Daryl M., Librarian
W. S. Winslow was born and raised in Maine but spent her working life in Boston, New York, and San Francisco. A ninth-generation Mainer, she now lives in a small town Downeast most of the year. She... Continued
April 07, 2021
By Aaron M. Olson, Messenger Clerk
Curtis Mayfield was a musical giant. He started his own independent record label in the late 1960s, wrote more than one hundred original time-tested songs, and carried with him one of the most... Continued
April 06, 2021
By Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian
Did you know April is National Humor Month? Laughter is necessary to keep spirits lifted and hold onto a positive attitude. Reading a funny story, poem, or collection of jokes will bring a smile to... Continued

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