Library Live

Rachel Devlin
Thursday, February 28 @

In the years before the Supreme Court struck down school segregation with its 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, the struggle to desegregate America’s schools was a grassroots movement, and young women were on the front lines. As early as the 1940’s, parents and young girls were filing desegregation lawsuits. Author Rachel Devlin’s research transforms our understanding of one of the twentieth century’s most important civil rights battles, set in motion by undaunted students. After years spent researching these remarkable women, she brings to us their powerful stories of leadership, bravery and a steely resolve to gain civil rights. Devlin reminds us of the courage and sacrifice they endured and how relevant their struggle remains today.

This lecture is free.  Reservations are required.


Susan Orlean
Thursday, March 21 @ 7:00pm

In April 1986, The Los Angeles Public Library caught fire. It was the biggest library fire in American history and most people didn’t even know the blaze occurred, with the news of the library’s losses eclipsed by the Chernobyl nuclear plant meltdown. Orlean is one of our finest storytellers and her account has been called “a true love letter to one of our most prized institutions.” The Library Book is a reminder of the importance of libraries, spotlighting the vital role they continue to play in our culture.

Tickets: $21.00 member/$27.00 Non-Member*
*prices include ticketing fee


Reservations required;
Limited seating
Held at Central Library

6:30pm Doors open
7:00-8:30pm Program
8:30-9:00pm Book sales & signing


The Steve Lopez program on January 25, 2018 was videotaped; available to Library Foundation members.

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Nancy Dahlfors, Chair
Toby Larson