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2012 in the Children’s Literature Department

Mara Alpert, Children's Librarian, Children's Literature Department,
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If the year 2012 were a car, it would have long ago been pulled over for speeding. Here in the Children’s Literature Department, we are all convinced that the entire twelve months went by in about six weeks. No surprise, I guess, given that it was a very VERY busy and exciting year.

We had some amazing programs – in January, our Friends group FOCAL (Friends of Children and Literature) awarded the FOCAL award to Amy Novesky and David Diaz for Me, Frida – and the Children’s Literature Department received an absolutely gorgeous puppet of Frida Kahlo, created by artist Carol Onofrio. Superstar author Cornelia Funke did a reading in the Mark Taper Auditorium (and wore the most incredible dress) in February. Our first (hopefully of many) Dr. Seuss Read-a-thon, starring librarians from all over Central Library, was loads of fun in March. We had a hoot at our 7th Annual Science Day in April, with a presentation from the Discovery Science Center, hands-on activities from the California Science Center, and Full Spectrum’s “Wild Things and Animals of Prey.” June brought us the incredible  “LEGO/Duplo Experience,” especially for little ones, which was hugely successful, and of course the start of Summer Reading Club 2012, “Dream Big – READ!” We had over 900 kids sign up here in the Children’s Literature Department!

Did you know that the Winter Holiday Book Review section in School Library Journal is done mostly by current and former LAPL librarians? The Children’s Literature Department librarians were a big part of that! We spent most of July and August reading Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa books. The Children’s Literature Department celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Grimm Brothers first publication of their collected stories in a yearlong display. And we started the long needed (and enthusiastically embraced) Baby Story & Playtimes on Monday mornings. I personally have been featured on KPCC 89.3 four times this year, talking about the Brothers Grimm, Summer Reading, Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers by Dav Pilkey, and finally some of my personal Top Picks for 2012.

A lot of activity for six weeks, don’t you think? Now we’re all looking forward to an equally fun and exciting 2013. You know, since the world didn’t end and all.


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