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Mara Alpert, Children's Librarian, Children's Literature Department


heart illustrations in red and pink with the text, romance novels.

Romancing the Book: Romance Novels

August 21, 2017

Romance is in the air, and on the page and the tablet and the smart phone. August is Read-a-Romance Month, and it’s a great time to settle into an air-conditioned library (or on a bright, sunny beach or really anywhere) with a fabulously satisfying romance. You won’t be alone.

Some puppets from Puppet Shows

Puppet shows to the rescue

July 31, 2013

Here’s something you may not know about the World Famous (or at least Los Angeles Famous) Children’s Literature Department at Central Library.  If it weren’t for a puppet show, it might not ever have existed.  Okay, make that a lot of puppet shows.  And a cadre of

A library staff was reading aloud her favorite Dr. Seuss story.

A Dr. Seuss Weekend

March 08, 2013

For librarians and teachers and anyone who loves children’s literature, early March is always a little bittersweet, because March 2 is Dr.

The puppet for 2012 FOCAL Award

One Amazing Award Luncheon

January 22, 2013

FOCAL (Friends of Children and Literature) has been a force for good and a generous supporter of the Children’s Literature Department since 1979.  And from the beginning they have honored books that enrich a child’s appreciation and understanding of California, through the FOCAL

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2012 in the Children’s Literature Department

December 31, 2012

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.

Christmas Tree in Front of Children's Department

Holiday Happenings in the Children’s Literature Department

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