Reminder: Mother’s Day is Just Around the Corner!

Moms are our favorite people. They deserve only the very best on Mother’s Day. So, why not pamper them with something awesome from The Library Store? Whether it’s a scarf, a book, or a journal, we have something that will make her really happy.

Here are some of our suggestions:

Pictured: Los Angeles Sunset Scarf, $125; Mom: Because of You book, $12.95; Pocket Composition Book, $8.75; Confetti Felt Coasters, $30; Turquoise Color Block Pouch, $15.

Oh, and our cards are sure to make her smile too…

 

 

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with The Library Store!

Join The Library Store in a country-wide celebration of books and independent bookstores this Saturday May 2!

To commemorate the day, we’re hosting an “after party” for Los Angeles Public Library’s program “Southern California Surf Music, 1960 – 1966” with author John Blair. We’ll be snacking on tasty treats and sipping on tasty drinks.

We’ll also be selling exclusive merchandise only available on Independent Bookstore Day at participating locations. Here’s a sneak peak:

Hope to see you there!

A Valentine for You!

The Library Store has your back this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re celebrating a lifetime together or an awkward night with someone you just met, we’ve got the cards and gifts for you. Stop on by Central Library and visit us! You can do better than just a box of chocolates from the drugstore…

Will you be mine?
The Library Store

P.S. The Pride & Prejudice Playset is a great gift for your little valentine.

A Day in the Life of a City Librarian

When your job is to oversee the country’s largest and most diverse public library system, no two days are the same. City Librarian John Szabo is marking his third anniversary at the Los Angeles Public Library this fall, and he’s made it his mission to stay personally connected to the frontline of the Library and the work of his staff at Central Library and each of the 72 branches. Here’s how he connects throughout the day.


Szabo kicks off the special exhibit No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station.

Head Start
Before I get out of bed in the morning, I’m looking at e-mail to get ahead of the messages. I read the L.A. Times digitally for the news, and then I consume lots of coffee.

Off to City Hall
An interesting first meeting I recently had was at City Hall over an initiative of the Mayor’s that builds on the work the Library has already been doing on citizenship and naturalization. The mayors of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles have jointly launched  “Cities for Citizenship,” which emphasizes the importance of citizenship, including the economic impact of it. At this meeting, the Mayor’s office convened multiple nonprofits around the table to work with us in this space of citizenship, which the Library is very much at the center.

Szabo talking to City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and staffer.

Poetry Before Noon
One late morning back at Central Library, the Mayor stopped by to announce Luis Rodríguez as our new Poet Laureate of L.A. Although we do so much great programming around poetry from the teen poetry slams to the ALOUD programs bringing in poet laureates of the United States, this occasion was particularly significant for us because the poet Luis Rodríguez has a long and wonderful relationship with the Los Angeles Public Library. We will so be looking forward to the year ahead with him and his poetry programs for children, teens, and adults.

Central Hub
For lunch, I might grab a salad and eat it at my desk as I prepare for an upcoming board meeting. At our next board meeting, we are accepting a generous gift from the Friends of the Library Group and we are discussing the strategic plan for the Library. Being at the Central Library, it’s easy to go in and out and see our staff and pop into The Library Store and do a little shopping—I absolutely love anything “hardcore library.” I recently got a pair of library card socks and the library card iPhone case. I bought my partner a fantastic grilled cheese cookbook.

At Central, we also have our big staff meetings in the Taper Auditorium with all 72 branch managers. I particularly enjoy seeing everyone from Eagle Rock to San Pedro together in one place, and I love the one-on-one conversations afterwards to hear what’s happening in the communities and with our very big staff.

Checkup
Also at Central Library, I might have a meeting with the community health councils to talk about our “Know Your Digits,” campaign, which is occurring in seven of our branch libraries as part of our “Health Matters” initiative. We are trying to leverage the physical presence of libraries as trusted, valued institutions to fight health issues and disparities in particular areas of Los Angeles with high blood pressure, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease by helping people get screened.

Dreams Come True
Once in awhile, I’ll have a meeting cancel that will free up my afternoon, so over the last two years I use this time to go out and visit branches. I’ve now visited 65 of the 73 branches—only 8 left to go! I absolutely love going out and visiting our branches because every single one is different—they are different architecturally, the staff is different, the collections are different, the services are different—and all are uniquely positioned to serve their community. The branches are always packed with families or some kind of children’s program like “Storytime.” Recently, I visited the Platt Branch in the West Valley and I got to see an English language study course in action—students from Korea and Guatemala and Mexico and Croatia. It’s the dream of the City Librarian to see these wonderful scenes happening over and over at each branch.

Szabo at the 2014 Book Drop Bash with authors T.C. Boyle and Mona Simpson.

After Hours
My assistant and I are usually in the office until at least six or a little after, and then there’s often evening meetings or events. Sometimes it’s something at City Hall or a Library Foundation event. I love being the “library guy” and representing the Los Angeles Public Library 24-7-365.

When I get home, if I have time, I do some reading. I’m an only child and my dad is a single parent, so my father and I are best friends. He lives in Montgomery, Alabama and is retired, and ever since I went off to college at 18, he has sent me clippings in the mail of interesting things to read. I, as I’m able, do the same. In the evening, it’s a real pleasure and treasure to read through what he’s sent.

Learn more about all the initiatives of the Los Angeles Public Library here.

 

 

The Library Store’s Annual Post-Holiday Sale!

IT’S HERE!!!

Starting today (Monday, January 5th), visit The Library Store‘s annual post holiday sale at Central Library to find tons of great items marked down as low as 50% off*! Everything from children’s gifts and books, to t-shirts and boxed notes, cards, calendars and more! Quantities are limited, so make sure to visit while supplies last. New items will also be added daily.

*No further discount on sale items.

 

12 Months of the Los Angeles Public Library

Every year thousands of Angelenos take part in the many educational and cultural programs, resources, and services at the Los Angeles Public Library. Before we look ahead to what will be an exciting new year at the Library, here’s a look back at some of the diverse activities supported by the Library Foundation in 2014. Thanks to all of our Members for joining us throughout the year and for making these invaluable experiences free and available to all.

January
ALOUD kicked-off a new year of eclectic programming unique to L.A. and the Library. In January, ALOUD paid tribute to Los Angeles’ unofficial poet laureate, Wanda Coleman, to honor what she did for poetry and who she was in Los Angeles: ­a larger-than-life figure who for decades reminded us how to be our own most authentic selves.

February
The Library Foundation’s coziest fundraiser of the year, The Stay Home and Read a Book Ball, took place, inviting Angelenos to support the Los Angeles Public Library without leaving their homes. Last year, folks stayed home in record numbers–raising the most funds ever in the long history of this favorite event! Save the date for the 2015 ball on March 1st.

March
Young Literati Members gathered with L.A.’s best and brightest for the Sixth Annual Young Literati Toast to raise funds for the Los Angeles Public Library’s “Summer Reading Clubs.”  The evening featured Young Literati Chair Amanda Fairey, emcee Busy Philipps, and music by Moby and Jenny Lewis, along with readings and comedic interludes from Nick Kroll, Lizzy Caplan, and Tig Notaro.

April
After flocks of authors and booklovers strolled the lawns of USC for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books last April, participating authors and Library Foundation Members continued celebrating the literary life of this city late into the night at the Third Annual “Book Drop Bash” with more than 400 people gathering at the downtown Central Library.

May
A new exhibit marking the 75th anniversary of Union Station opened at the Central Library. No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station was the first exhibition to examine the significance of the architectural design and cultural politics of the historic station, and included a series of related events like ALOUD panels and a changing display of model trains by various train clubs throughout Southern California.

June
The “Summer Reading Club” kicked off to foster literacy and learning while students were out of school last summer. Los Angeles Public Library’s longest running program motivated over 30,000 kids to crack the books and engage in innovative ways with storytelling.

July
The Library Foundation welcomed Ellen Lipson in her new role as President of The Council. Throughout the year, The Council hosted many special programs and fundraising events to benefit and raise awareness for the Los Angeles Public Library like a special evening and book signing with Norman Lear.

August
The Young Literati gathered in Santa Monica for a proper send-off to the season of long sunsets and frosty cocktails. The Summer Social offered Members the chance to raise their glasses to this past year of incredible support for the Los Angeles Public Library, and also get a sneak peek of what’s on the horizon for this dedicated group of engaged and informed Angelenos.

September
Supporters of the Library Foundation gathered at the historic California Club to celebrate the Foundation’s 22nd anniversary with a gala to benefit the great Los Angeles Public Library. This year’s benefit honored Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Díaz with the Los Angeles Public Library Literary Award and bestselling author Judith Krantz with the Foundation’s Light of Learning Award for her devoted advocacy for the Los Angeles Public Library.

October
Throughout the month, Angelenos joined the Library Foundation and the Los Angeles Public Library for an epic quest to reinterpret Homer’s The Odyssey through a Southern California lens. With over 70 Odyssey-themed activities at the branch libraries for children, teens, and adults, including bike riding with the Cyclops and pop-up appearances by a commemorative Homer Simpson poster, the Odyssey Project culminated with a marathon reading of the epic poem at the Central Library.

November
ALOUD’s award-winning series journeyed to the west side as critically acclaimed Irish novelist Colm Tóibín was interviewed by New York Times bestselling L.A. local Rachel Kushner. The pair took the stage at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills for a conversation about Tóibín’s new novel, Nora Webster, while also discussing their shared passion for some of literature’s most memorable characters.

December
The Library Store got their motors running for the holiday season and sent The Library Store On Wheels to sites across the city to offer unique gifts from our carefully curated collection that gives back to the Los Angeles Public Library.

Happy New Year from the Library Foundation!

Look back at other great photos from the year here.

If you are not a Member already, please consider becoming a Library Foundation Member today to take part in these special events.

The Library Store: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

This season, find the gift that keeps on giving at The Library Store, where all purchases benefit the Los Angeles Public Library. Stop by in-person, online, or follow us on Twitter to see when The Library Store On Wheels is headed your way!  

If you’re not quite sure what to buy, we’ve got a few suggestions:

Pass the Peas

Bring the whole family together with this tasty word game!  It’s a perfect gift to challenge your child’s spelling skills.

 

 

 

 

Biobu by Ekobo

Give these eco-conscious bowl sets to that little foodie. Designed by Boo Louis and made from sustainable bamboo.

 

 

 

 

Eric the Memo Elephant

Eric is cute as well as functional. He’s the perfect gift for the person who has everything, but might need a friendly reminder.

 

 

 

 

Scrabble Coasters

Know someone who is a word-game enthusiast? They probably already have Scrabble, but do they have the classic word game coasters?

 

 

 

Lila by Marilynne Robinson

Any voracious reader will have this highly anticipated novel on their wish list. It’s bound to become an American classic.

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe Dice

Roll the dice on this gift. The master chef will love it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get a Jump Start on Holiday Shopping

Jump start your holiday shopping by visiting The Library Store On Wheels at one of these upcoming stops:

Saturday 11/15 @ Artists & Fleas in Downtown LA 11am – 6pm

Sunday 11/16 @ Artists & Fleas in Downtown LA 11am – 6pm

Sunday 11/30 @ Patchwork: Santa Ana Edition 11am – 5pm

Sunday 12/7 @ German Christmas Market 10am – 4pm

Saturday 12/13 @ Renegade in Grand Park 10am – 5pm

Sunday 12/14 @ Renegade in Grand Park 10am – 5pm

Saturday 12/20 @ Artists & Fleas in Downtown LA 11am – 6pm

Sunday 12/21 @ Artists & Fleas in Downtown LA 11am – 6pm

See you there!

Fall Stops for The Library Store On Wheels!

The Library Store On Wheels is headed your way this fall!

Saturday 9/20 @ Artists & Fleas in Downtown LA 11am – 6pm

Sunday 9/21 @ Artists & Fleas in Downtown LA 11am – 6pm

Saturday 9/27 @ Fall Into Literacy Book Festival in the City of Wilmington 10am – 3pm

Sunday 10/5 @ CicLAvia at the Broadway Theatre District Hub 9am – 4pm

Wednesday 10/22 @ Lit Crawl LA: NoHo Round 1 and 3 (Stay tuned for details!)

For more updates, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

The Faces of The Library Store On Wheels

Come visit these smiling faces at any of The Library Store On Wheels’ upcoming stops!

Saturday 7/19 @ Donald Bruce Kaufman Library Anniversary 2 – 5PM

Saturday 7/19 @ Renegade Craft Fair 11AM – 6PM

Sunday 7/19 @ Renegade Craft Fair 11AM – 6PM

Friday 8/15 @ 626 Night Market 4PM – 1AM

Saturday 8/16 @ 626 Night Market 4pm – 1am

Stay tuned for more updates! Follow @TheLibraryStore on Twitter and Instagram for new additions to the schedule.