News of the Week: Return of the Library

I drew these illustrations from the “L.A. Times” Sunday comics section for our art lessons at “6th Street E.S.”

Beginning May 3, 2021 the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) opened up limited in-person services at 38 of its locations, including the Central Library downtown https://lapl.org.The hours the Central Library is open is Monday-Friday from 10-4:30 pm and the hours for Regional Branch Libraries are: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10-4:30 pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30-7:30 pm.

The Los Angeles Library Association was formed in late 1872, and by early 1873, a well-stocked reading room had opened in the Downey block of Temple and Main Streets under the first librarian, John Littlefield.

LAUSD Students:

  • LAUSD students are automatically assigned a Student Success Library Card. With the card they can borrow up to three books, get digital materials, find an online tutor and never be subject to fines.
  • They can celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day in April and become exposed to books from diverse cultures, such as VAMOS! Let‘s Go to the Market by Raul the Third.
  • They can also register to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge which lasts from June 7-August 7, 2021.
  • Book Bundles To Go is another thing they can participate in by selecting up to five books based on a particular interest or theme, then letting the librarian select titles for them. My cat Zombie loves animal books, and since I read to him everyday, I put in his request for animal books and received the following: Orangutanka (Written by Margarita Engle and Illustrated by Renee Kurilla), Birds From Head To Tai(Written byStacey Roderick and Illustrated by Kwanchai Moriya), Wild Child (Written by Steven Salerno), Fabulous Frogs (Written by Martin Jenkins and Illustrated by Tim Hopgood), and An Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns (Written by Betsey R. Rosenthal and Illustrated by Jago). The good thing about the Book Bundles is you can request two of them per library card.