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Free: Libros Schmibros at the Hammer for a month

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

The Hammer is fast-becoming a regular on this blog. Though it's not on top of people's LA museum list (it's usually overshadowed by larger institutions Getty and LACMA), I think it does a great job of keeping things interesting.

This time, the Hammer surprises once again with their newest artist-in-residence, David Kipen, proprietor of Boyle Heights lending library Libros Schmibros and former Director of Literature for the National Endowment of the Arts. To my delight, Kipen is bringing his oddball bookstore-slash-library to Westwood (and closer to my side of Los Angeles).

I took this last year when David and I both attended a tour of LA's bridges. Love his fire engine red glasses!

Here's David excitedly and happily borrowing the mic from the tour guide to promote Libros Schmibros. That's passion, baby.

Starting this Saturday, Kipen will be kicking off about a month's worth of activities in the attempt to introduce people to the wonders of Boyle Heights. There will be a book drive to start (Aug. 27), an LA history trivia quiz created by Jeopardy! champ Jerome Vered (Sept. 15) and a marathon reading of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" (Sept. 22).

The store has such a festive atmosphere. I hope David brings in the colorful banderitas to the Hammer too! Interior shots of Libros Schmibros by Gelatobaby.

While I love these more active events, I'm really just looking forward to all the great people that will be stopping by to share their piece of LA. Boyle Heights writers are making a guest appearance (Sept. 1), essayist D.J. Waldie's stopping by to talk about getting around LA with and without wheels (Sept. 10) and author Glen Creason is sharing maps of Los Angeles (Sept. 15).

What can I say? I love books, history and Los Angeles; Libros Schmibros in Westwood has a bit of all that.

10899 Wilshire Boulevard, at Westwood Boulevard
Phone: 310-443-7000
Hours: Tues-Wed, Fri-Sat, 11am – 7pm; Thurs, 11am – 9 pm; Sun, 11am – 5 pm;
Admission: All Libros Schmibros events are free. Museum admission though is $10 for adults; Museum is free for everyone on Thursdays.


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