North Hollywood library ‘learning circle’ will give patrons chance to learn Spanish in a group, starting Thursday

From Los Angeles Daily News

” A group will begin meeting Thursday mornings at the North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library to develop their Spanish skills through the language-learning software Mango.The study group, which will be learning Spanish that is typically spoken in Latin American countries, will meet at 10 a.m. each Thursday, from July 18 until Aug. 29.Library card holders have free access to the language program, and free Wi-Fi connection is available. Participants are being asked to bring a laptop computer to run the Mango program, or they can use the laptop computers available at the library.Librarian Ethel Dimapasok, who is facilitating the meetings, will also be taking part in the course. She is not a Spanish-speaker, and is eager to acquire some basic Spanish skills.”

North Hollywood library ‘learning circle’ will give patrons chance to learn Spanish in a group, starting Thursday


Los Angeles: What Do You Get When You Put A Dodgers Jersey On A Superhuman Japanese Folk Hero? A Library Card!

From LAist

“The Los Angeles Public Library has released a new library card — and it’s literally a work of art.Artist Gajin Fujita took an iconic character from Japanese folklore, mixed in some instantly recognizable L.A. symbolism, and came up with a painting called “Guardian Angel.”It depicts the Japanese folklore character Kintaro, a.k.a. Golden Boy, a child of superhuman strength, fighting a demon. That would have been cool enough on its own, but Fujita decided that Kintaro needed an L.A. touch — so he dressed him in a Dodgers jersey, with a bright blue bandana around his neck.”I thought that would be perfect to represent Los Angeles,” Fujita says.And who better than a Boyle Heights native who spent a lot of his childhood hanging out in a local library branch overseen by an inspirational librarian to create the new art card. ”

LA Public Library’s New Maker Space/Studio Lets You 3D Print, Shoot On A Green Screen, And Way More

From LAist

“The Los Angeles Public Library wants to make it easier for you to make stuff. The new Octavia Lab maker space/audiovisual studio at the L.A. Central Library is 3,000 square feet designed to help you make your thing. It lets you do everything from 3D printing and using a laser cutter to filming on a green screen and using fancy sewing machines.”We are wildly enthusiastic about it,” City Librarian John Szabo said. “This is a space that is an equalizing space. This is an opportunity for the poorest child in L.A. to have access to some incredibly expensive technology that they might not have at school.” The lab is named for Octavia Butler, pioneering science fiction author.”

Celebrating LA Libraries

From American Libraries

” American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo’s Libraries = Strong Communities national library tour reached Los Angeles May 13–15. The visit celebrated the many ways Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) strengthens its community with services that transform lives through education and lifelong learning.Garcia-Febo attended a dinner May 13 with members of Reforma, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking.Flanked by Garcia-Febo and more than 40 LAPL volunteers, Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu offered a resolution declaring May 14 “Libraries = Strong Communities Day” and presented a volunteer appreciation resolution to the library. City Librarian John Szabo recognized the efforts of the nearly 7,500 volunteers who contributed 164,000 hours of work in the library’s 73 locations in 2018. Szabo presented a giant symbolic check for $4.8 million to the city council to remind officials of the financial value of the volunteers’ service.”

Celebrating LA Libraries

Los Angeles: Mobile museum fair brings knowledge and culture to Central Library

From The Hub

“Los Angeles is not at a loss for world-class museums, but sometimes planning a trip to one can be daunting. So sometimes, the museum can come to you.The Library Foundation of Los Angeles hosted its first Mobile Museum Fair on Sunday at Central Library downtown, gathering nearly 30 mobile museums, libraries, and other exhibits on wheels from throughout the city.The city’s big museums were there in their semi-trucks – LACMA, NHM, The Aquarium of the Pacific, but a number of smaller mobile museums delighted and educated as well.Mark Barbour is executive director and curator at the International Printing Museum based in Carson, whose truck, packed with an antique press had an engrossed crowd in front all afternoon as he gave demonstrations and dropped all kinds of knowledge. He can explain why letters are called “uppercase” and “lowercase”, for example.”

Empty Hollywood library will be converted to women’s shelter

From Curbed Los Angeles

” Construction officially kicked off today on a project that will convert a shuttered Hollywood library into temporary housing for up to 30 homeless women. Located at 1403 North Gardiner Street, near the West Hollywood border, the building once housed the Will and Ariel Durant branch of the Los Angeles Public Library system (now located on Sunset Boulevard).It’s only a mile and a half from the site of another bridge housing shelter in Hollywood, which got under construction last month and will include 70 beds for residents.But unlike that project, the Gardiner shelter isn’t funded by Mayor Eric Garcetti’s A Bridge Home program. Announced by Garcetti in April, the initiative is aimed at developing temporary homeless shelters in all 15 of the city’s council districts, where residents can get connected with case managers able to help them find permanent housing.”

Los Angeles: Speaking up for ALOUD at the Central Library

From L.A. Times

“This month marks the 25th anniversary of the reopening of the Los Angeles Central Library after a cataclysmic fire and phoenix-like rebirth. It is also the 25th anniversary of ALOUD, the library’s landmark program of conversations and performances that has played a crucial role in reviving the image of the city center as a cultural destination.The history of this forum for free thought and civil public discourse was absent from the anniversary celebrations. So was ALOUD’s founder and curator, Louise Steinman, the force behind more than 1,000 of its compelling programs, which encompassed visiting cultural and literary luminaries and talks on politics, string theory and the mind of the octopus.Steinman and associate producer Maureen Moore had been unceremoniously fired on Aug. 27 by Ken Brecher, president of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. He replaced them Oct. 17 with a person he labeled the library’s “first director of public programs” — a title that rightfully belonged to Steinman.”