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PV Reads

PV Reads A Community Read Event

The Palos Verdes Library District invites the community to participate in PV READS—a community reading event promoting cultural celebrations and learning on the peninsula.  Immerse yourself in the culture through programs, activities, and meet the author themselves.


PV Reads: The Henna Artist, Alka Joshi Friday, March 15, 2024  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Peninsula Center Library Mezzanine Landing

Author Talk and Book Signing with Alka Joshi
Friday, March 15, 2024
6PM - 7:30PM
Peninsula Center Library Mezzanine Landing

Meet Alka Joshi, internationally bestselling author of the Jaipur Trilogy: The Henna Artist, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur and The Perfumist of Paris. Her debut novel, The Henna Artist, immediately became a New York Times bestseller and a Reese Witherspoon Pick. It has been translated into 29 languages and is currently in development at Netflix as a TV series.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. 

This event is free and open to the public. This program is generously sponsored by the Peninsula Friends of the Library. 


Leading up to the author talk, join us for a number of special events and programs inspired by Alka Joshi's The Henna Artist

Take and Make Craft - Bell Totas

Take & Make Craft - Bell Totas
Kit pick up begins Thursday, February 15 
All library locations - during open hours

In celebration of the upcoming 'PV Reads' author talk with Alka Joshi, help us celebrate Indian culture with this take home sewing craft.

Take & Make: Bell Tota kits can be picked up at any branch beginning Thursday, February 15, 2024 through March 15, 2024.  SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED!  Kits are available on a first come, first served basis.

There is no registration required.

Download the Take & Make Instructions

PV Read: Fun with Henna! Friday, February 16, 2024  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Peninsula Center Library Community Room

Fun with Henna!
Friday, February 6, 2024
6PM - 8PM
Peninsula Center Library Community Room

Henna @ the Annex: Fun with Henna!
Friday, March 1, 2024
4PM - 6PM
Peninsula Center Library Teen Annex

Experience the fun of henna also known as mehndi art. Artists will be on hand to apply this celebratory art.

Today henna is used in celebration of special occasions. Participate in anticipation of Alka Joshi's visit. The author of "The Henna Artist".

Monsoon Wedding Movies at the Library

Movies @ the Library - Monsoon Wedding (2001)
Thursday, February 22, 2024
Peninsula Center Library Community Room

A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create a much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.