“The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man.” – T.S. Eliot
The Los Angeles Public Library is one of my greatest passions. For nearly 20 years I have been a member of the Library Foundation Council. Every other year we raise money through the fabulous Literary Feast where prominent authors appear in beautiful private residences for a wonderful dinner and the guests donations go directly to the library and raising over $1 million. This year’s event promises to be the best yet. I have included photographs of the others dinner which precedes the actual Feast at the California Club with my table mates as well as a photograph of all the distinguished authors.
This is truly one of the most intellectually satisfying evenings of the year in Los Angeles. Ken Brecher, President of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, reminded us Sunday evening that you can now check out E-books with no more fines as the books will automatically disappear from your computer in three weeks. You can also check out computers and Ipads at the library and they have 100% return rate. Anyone with a Library card is able to secure free tutoring. Our Los Angeles Public Library, with its 73 branches, has just received the award for one of the finest library in the nation. It is truly our outstanding treasure. Seated at my table were Jim and Liz Watson Author of Father and Son and Double Helix, Nancy Van Tuyle, Marty Waterson, Carrie & Tadzio Wellisz, and joining us for the photo, former Library Foundation Chairman, Betsy Applebaum.