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Some puppets from Puppet Shows
Mara Alpert, 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

Storytime Group Photo
Linda Israelson, June 27, 2013

In 2011, The Los Angeles Public Library incorporated a component into its Summer Reading Club to actively engage children under the age of five.

Letter of Empathy from Children's Librarians to Santa and Elves
Joanna Fabicon, May 24, 2013

It may not be the holiday season, but this time of year is still the busiest for the staff of the Children’s Literature Department.

“Last Days of the Dinosaurs” show by Richard Wade for 8th Annual Science Day event, Central Library
Madeline Bryant, April 10, 2013

Over 300 people attended this year’s annual Science Day event, celebrated at Central Library on March 30, 2013. Now in its 8th year, the theme of Dinosaurs made this our BIGGEST success yet.

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

Calendar Image
Mara Alpert, 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
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