The Los Angeles Public Library and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), and its non-profit organization Kids Progress, Inc. (KPI), cut the ribbon Sept. 6 to announce the opening of a Satellite Library in the Estrada Courts Housing Project.
The satellite Library will provide Estrada Courts residents access to the books and materials on site and to all that Los Angeles Public Library has to offer including an extensive collection of books; the latest technology and electronic resources; and a wide variety of other materials for children, teens and adults.
The facility will have the 25 computers provided by LAPL and additional 25 computers provided by Will.i.am's i.am.angel Foundation.
Also, the Satellite will serve as a tool to achieve these LAPL and HACLA objectives:
- Promote early literacy: Promoting early literacy will increase a child’s brain capacity for language, literary skills and social skills. Reading will also build a child’s vocabulary, comprehension and critical thinking skills.
- Encourage parents to read to their children: Parent involvement is one of many tools that children need to successfully build their cognitive skills. We strongly encourage parents to read with their children because this will encourage children to read more and can become a family activity.
- Educate parents that reading is fundamental to long-term educational success: Reading can stimulate a child’s ability to listen and interpret information whether verbal or written. This ability will build imagination and creative writing. These skills can eventually lead to a high self-esteem and successfully achieve grade level reading by the end of third grade.
“The Los Angeles Public Library is committed to encouraging early childhood learning through reading, targeted programming and providing support for parents to work with their children,” City Librarian John F. Szabo told the crowd. “Working together, the Library, the Housing Authority, KPI and programs such as Jump Start and Head Start can make a real difference in promoting early literacy and grade level reading, which will help children achieve success in school and in life.”