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Octavia Butler
Sara Rebman, June 24, 2020

As the month of June comes to an end, we are celebrating the first anniversary of the Octavia Lab and Octavia E.


Octavia E. Butler at the Central Library in 1995.
Sara Rebman, June 17, 2020

This week we are exploring Octavia E. Butler’s childhood and some great science fiction books for children, as we continue to celebrate her birthday and the first anniversary of the Octavia Lab.


Books by authors that were influenced by Octavia Butler
Daryl M., June 10, 2020

This month is not only the first anniversary of the Octavia Lab at the Central Library, a do-it-yourself studio space, but also Octavia E.


Octavia Lab's 3D printers making face shields
Amanda Mellor, May 07, 2020

Over this past month, the Octavia Lab has transformed itself from a hobbyist makerspace to a light manufacturing powerhouse to help produce PPE (personal protective equipment) face shields for the local medical community.


3D prints made by 3D printer
Andrea Borchert, May 06, 2020

There’s a lot of news right now about 3D printing medical equipment. But what does it all mean, and what is 3D printing?


Octavia staff playlists
Amanda Mellor, May 05, 2020

Over the past month, the Octavia Lab, the do-it-yourself makerspace at Central Library, has transformed itself into a light manufacturing center making face shields for the local medical community combati


Face shields made by 3D printing machines in LAPL's Octavia Lab.
Bob Timmermann, April 22, 2020

When the library's Octavia Lab opened in June of 2019, it was envisioned as a collaborative work-space for creatives, makers, and hobbyists.


No-sew fabric face mask
Amanda Mellor, April 20, 2020

All Angelenos are required to wear non-medical face coverings in public to limit the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 at this time. While bandannas and scarves are good starting points, what if you want to wear a fabric mask?


The holiday tree in the Central Library Rotunda
Vi Ha, December 03, 2019

Each December we face a design challenge of decorating a 15-foot noble fir tree in the Central Library’s rotunda.


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