Book + Art

A Mash-Up for Art and Book Lovers!


Read the featured book in advance, then visit the Museum for a lively book discussion and gallery talk on the related artwork. This program is a partnership with the Palm Beach County Library System.

Book + Art is free and open to the public.

SATURDAY, JUNE 15 / 2 - 3:30 PM

Book: Susan Orlean, The Library Book (2018)

Art: Paul Manship, Robert Motherwell and more.

Susan Orlean re-opens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling homage to a beloved institution – our libraries.

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. Raging through the stacks, the fire reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. It was the largest library fire in the history of the United States: it destroyed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more, and shut the library down for seven years. The mystery remains: did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?

Weaving her life-long love of books and reading with the fascinating history of libraries and the sometimes-eccentric characters who run them, award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Orlean presents a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling story. With her signature wit, insight, compassion and talent for deep research, she investigates the legendary Los Angeles Public Library fire to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives, and reveals how these buildings provide much more than just books and are needed now more than ever.

To Know:
This program is free to attend and open to the public .
Pre-registration is not required.
Reading the book in advanced is recommended and can be reserved by the Palm Beach County  Library System using their online portal.
Admission to the Museum is free every Friday and Saturday.