I ♥ LAPL

 

Side entrance on Hope Street.

Side entrance on Hope Street.

 The next time you have free time, do yourself a favor and visit the Central Library in downtown LA on 5th and Flower.  This is a magical, wonderful place. It’s the complete universe in 6 floors of book bliss (haciendo referencia a Borges en la Biblioteca de Babel, en donde el universo es compuesto por todos los libros posibles acomodados en interminables combinaciones hexagonales.)    

The architecture of the building itself is so gorgeous, you could spend hours observing the details. You also get free wonderful art exhibits and a nice little gift store with unique and modern gifts. I recently discovered the foreign language section and my heart skipped a beat… and then I realized “you mean to tell me I’ve been going to Barnes and Noble all these years because I thought they had a good selection???? ” Si nomás tienen 3 shelves de libros en español!!  Aqui hay UN PISO dedicado a libros en todos los idiomas…. MILES de libros en español del tema que se puedan imaginar y que más les guste (macramé how-to books from the 70’s anyone?) AND they lend them to you. I do love the LAPL!

NOTEWORTHY stuff:

 

BOOK HEAVEN.

BOOK HEAVEN.

 

 

 

First floor gallery has a photo exhibit by Paul Outerbridge until June 28, 2009.

First floor gallery has a photo exhibit by Paul Outerbridge until June 28, 2009.

 

"...one of America's earliest masters of color photography. Using bold luminous Kodakchrome, the photographs explore the quirkiness of 1950's leisure culture..."

"...one of America's earliest masters of color photography. Using bold luminous Kodakchrome, the photographs explore the quirkiness of 1950's leisure culture..."

 

Paul Outerbridge. New Color Photographs from Mexico and California. 1948-1955.

From the exhibit "Paul Outerbridge. New Color Photographs from Mexico and California. 1948-1955." On display at the 1st floor gallery.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “I ♥ LAPL

  1. que no hay un dicho que dice: the best things in life are FREE!!! go to your local public library… que te parece para una campaña now that we are living in recession!?!?!?

  2. Yo tambien gracias a mi vecina, descubri la biblioteca, es lo maximo, le rento DVDs a Santiago, tengo un online list donde pido mis libros, I loveit! Have u tried paperbackswap.com? good option too

  3. Pingback: I left my heart inside the LAPL | Life in Spanglish

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