If you haven’t been into a Los Angeles Public Library lately, you may be surprised at the variety of services and resources available to community members. The Library is no longer just the “place with all the books.”
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Borrow items. It isn’t often we can tell our kids they can pick out anything they want. But at the library, it’s possible. Books, magazines, CDs, audiobooks, DVDs, as well as E-Media are available — on a variety of subjects, for all ages.
Special Events. Different branches of the Los Angeles Public Library System host different types of events. You’ll find arts and crafts, children’s story times, lecture series, writing workshops, Poetry Open Mic nights, and much more.
Online Tutoring. When you’re stumped by your child’s math homework, know that you’re not alone. And know that help is available from 3:00 to 10:00 pm each day in the form of online tutors. You can access the tutors through your home computer and help is offered in math, science, social studies, English for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade as well as adult learners.
College and Career Assistance. Designed for teens, this resource offers our older kids a wealth of information. Teens can learn about writing resumes, obtaining an internship, and interview skills. For those looking for college help, teens will find full-length practice tests (ACT, PSAT, SAT), seminars (including writing the college application essay), financial aid information, and more.
Computer Workstations. Whether your computer is temporarily out-of-commission, or your house is being remodeled and yet you still need to work on a computer, public libraries offer different Computer Workstations for your convenience. There are special “kid-friendly” computers available with a 30-minute time limit and special child-friendly resources and activities. For adults, computers can be reserved for up to one-hour and may be used for internet and/or word processing. Printers are available as well.
Citizenship Assistance. For those interested in becoming a United States citizen, all the resources you’ll need can be found in every branch of the Los Angeles Public Library system. Applications, brochures, flashcards, and videos are available in a variety of languages.
Online Learning. If you’re interested in taking a class, check out the online learning options available through LAPL. Many classes are offered free of charge and include language classes, personal enrichment classes, business-related courses, and more.
Special Exhibitions. Museums aren’t the only places in Los Angeles that have special exhibits. The Central Library houses exhibits that do change periodically. Currently on display is “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda,” “Firsts, Seconds, and Thirds: African-American Leaders in Los Angeles During the 1960s and 70s from the Rolland Curtis Collection,” and “Treasures of Los Angeles.”
Involvement Opportunities. Our public libraries are a rich community resource, and they also provide us with many opportunities to get involved and do our part. “Doing our part” can take many forms — it can mean shopping at a used book sale at a local branch, it can be donating used books to our neighborhood branch (books are either added to the library’s collection or sold), volunteering, or making a monetary donation.
Summer Reading Programs. Summer vacation will be here before you know it, and the Los Angeles Public Library is ready! Three different programs are being offered (for kids, teens, and adults so the whole family can participate) running from June 13 through August 6. This year’s theme is “Read for the Win.” The programs are free and give participants a chance to keep up with their reading, record their reading, win fun prizes, and participate in special related events at their local branch.