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Jesse Kingsley with two puppets
Central Docents, January 15, 2019

The Children’s Literature Department of Los Angeles Central Library is so vast and awe-inspiring, one of its most fascinating offerings could be easily overlooked.


Cover of the book Chasing Secrets and text that reads essay contest

If you are a parent or an educator this information is for you!


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


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