The Los Angeles Central Library’s longstanding lecture and performance series, ALOUD, is expanding to branch libraries this summer.
Beginning July 20, these free programs will be held at five Los Angeles Public Library branches across the city including Vermont Square Branch Library, North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library, Memorial Branch Library, Lake View Terrace Branch Library, and Edendale Branch Library.
“This summer we are exploring the city with programs that reflect the communities where each of these branches live. As we continue to bring ALOUD further into the city, we hope that people experience their local branches in new and interesting ways through this free, accessible programming,” Jessica Strand, public program director of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, said.
Events include readings, music, dance, and food trucks. Scheduled performances include the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center, Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, Bob Baker Marionette Theater, a program curated by Black Lives Matter movement co-founder Patrisse Cullors and readings by poets Marcello Hernandez Castillo and Tina Chang.
This year, the original series at Central Library will include a new program collaboration with The New York Times, highlighting the paper’s diverse offerings from arts and culture to food and climate. A Los Angeles Public Library card grants free online access to The New York Times.
The first ALOUD event of the summer takes place July 9 at Central Library downtown with Lost & Found at the Movies: Your Brain on Movies, on the neuroscience of how the human brain processes films.
All ALOUD programs are free and open to the public. For a complete list of upcoming ALOUD programs please see below or visit lfla.org/ALOUD.