Almost every month, on the last Sunday, I join the Street Librarians Ride in central Los Angeles. We meet at a delightful little bookstore and café called Stories, in LA’s storied (in every sense of the word) Echo Park neighborhood, down coffee and pastries, and then saddle up for a slow, easy ride through Echo Park and Silver Lake. Our only goal on this ride is to replenish Little Free Libraries along the route. It’s become a tradition to recite from some work related to each month’s theme at every stop.
Next ride is on July 29th, and if you’re a local, or if you’re visiting, we ask that you saddle up a bicycle, grab some used books you or your host want to pass on to deserving readers, and meet us. July’s theme is “Anti-Intellectualism in American Life,” inspired by Richard Hofstadter’s work of that name. The books you bring to donate need not hew to the theme, but, should you wish to join us, be prepared to read out loud from some work somehow related to it. Mencken, Thoreau, Dorothy Parker, or someone we’ve not heard of yet in our little circle. Enlightenment is always welcome!
Meet us at Stories Books & Café at 12:30 on Sunday, July 29th. Street address: 1716 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90026. The ride ends at the LA Eco Village near Vermont and Third.
Here’s a link to the Facebook event page if you’re a Zuckerberger:
“Hofstadter’s Rangers Ride Again!”
See you there?