L.A. Central Library's summer state of mind

This has been the summer of staying home, with nothing much to do. I used to look forward to family vacations with my daughters, whether we were schlepping to Ohio to visit relatives or lounging on a beach in Jamaica. But the daughters are grown, with full-time jobs and schedules that don't mesh. And I'm pinching pennies until I pay off my new kitchen cabinets. That's why I've been spending evenings at the downtown library, where the Library Foundation of Los Angeles hosts a free summer series of author chats, performance art and public forums on science, history, social and cultural issues. The ALOUD series began more than 20 years ago, when the Central Library...