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Library's ALOUD spring lineup includes coffee tasting and animal music

By Hayley Fox
Published: Monday, February 11, 2013, at 09:05AM
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Reservations for the ALOUD spring line-up are available beginning today.

Reservations for the Los Angles Public Library's (LAPL) ALOUD series are open to the public starting today, and this season's speakers, panels and discussions will "take a particular focus on the natural world."

Scientists, writers and critics will discuss everything from coffee roasting to autism, treks through the wilderness and violence against women. Each event takes place at the DTLA library's Mark Taper Auditorium and is free with a reservation.

Highlight's from the spring season include musician and author Bernie Krause, who's "one of the world’s leading experts in natural sound." The LAPL describes Krause's most recent book, The Great Animal Orchestra, as an exploration of "how the myriad voices and rhythms of the natural world—from snapping shrimp to cracking glaciers— formed a basis from which our own musical expression emerged."

According to the New York Times: "He [Krause] chronicles his life choices and epiphanies, guides us through nature’s sonic treasures, makes interesting assertions about the musicianship of animals (human and nonhuman), and begs us to pay attention."

Another high point of this season comes in late March with "From the Ground Up: Sustainable Coffee Culture." This panel of coffee aficionados includes Alexandra Katona-Carroll, program manager of the Coffee Quality Institute and Angel Orozco, owner of L.A.-based roasting company and cafe chain, Cafecito Orgánico. They'll be discussing the production process of coffee from growing the beans to roasting and serving them, and offering free samples of the final products before the event.

To reserve tickets for any ALOUD event or to see a complete schedule visit the Library Foundation of Los Angeles website.

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