10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do at the Library

The Los Angeles Central Library
The Los Angeles Central Library

L.A.-area libraries offer much more than books on loan, from yoga classes to art exhibits. Their variety of free events are diverse enough to make you feel like you're making the most of the city, even if you're on a budget.

Here are ten of them...

10. Get Your Yoga On
Be kind to your wallet and your body by taking free yoga classes at the Sylmar branch. 14561 Polk Street, Sylmar. lapl.org/whats-on/events/free-yoga-beginners-1

9. See an Exhibit About LA History
The Central Library contains three galleries that produce a rotating series of exhibitions that pulled from the library’s many impressive art, photo, maps and documents collections. Currently running in the Getty Gallery through Aug. 10 is the exhibit “No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station,” featuring architectural drawings, photographs, and other archival material that tell the political and often contentious story behind the station. 630 W. 5th Street, Downtown. lapl.org/whats-on/exhibits/no-further-west-story-los-angeles-union-station

8. Become a Film Buff
Several library branches across town offer curated film screenings. For example, during Women in Film month this past March, the Central Library screened classic films featuring pioneering women. 630 W. 5th Street, Downtown. 7140 W. Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood. lapl.org/whats-on/events/film-screening-great-actresses-past-16mm

See also: 10 Oddball L.A. Museums Worth Seeing

7. Learn to Act
Alexa Almaz, who is on the nominating committee for the Screen Actor's Guild Awards, teaches six-session scene study classes for free at the Westwood Branch. Don’t let lack of funds keep you from reaching for your dreams. 1246 Glendon Avenue, Westwood. lapl.org/whats-on/events/acting-class-12

6. See Some Opera
Can’t afford a ticket to the Music Center? The Santa Monica Public Library offers a free opera concert series co-sponsored by L.A. Opera at the main branch on Santa Monica Blvd and 6th Street. 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica. calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=13633

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