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New L.A. Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, 16, A student at New Roads High School

On June 14, in Central Library’s filled-to-capacity Taper Auditorium, Amanda Gorman, 16, was named the first Los Angeles Youth Poet Laureate. Gorman will serve as LA Youth Poet Ambassador and receive a book deal with Penmanship Books to publish her first collection of poems and.

Los Angeles Central Library entrance at Flower Street
Christina Rice, October 02, 2013

On October 3, 1993, Central Library opened its doors to the people of Los Angeles for the first time in over seven years. Originally designed by Bertram G. Goodhue, the building had been a Los Angeles icon since its dedication in 1926, with striking architecture and artwork both inside and out.

Christmas Tree in Front of Children's Department
Mara Alpert, December 19, 2012

Are you looking for fun things to do with the kids this holiday season?  Look no further than Central Library and the Children’s Literature Department.  Besides the over 235,000 items (books, DVDs, recorded books, music CDs, magazines, comic books, and more) in our amazing collect

Library Staff and Guests
Public Relations Office, November 02, 2012

On Oct. 24, Granada Hills Branch Library hosted a party open to the public to celebrate its 50th Anniversary of service. A representative from Councilmember Mitchell Englander's Office issued a Certificate of Recognition to the branch.

Restoring ceremony of of Monday and Wednesday evening and Friday morning service hours at the Central Library
Public Relations Office, October 15, 2012

L.A. Mayor, city councilmembers, library commissioners, City Librarian and local students open the doors to Central Library and inaugurate the restoration of Monday and Wednesday evening and Friday morning service hours as part of phase II of Measure L.