Quarantine Goals to Learn French or Finally Read Anna Karenina? LA Public Libraries Can Help

The City of Los Angeles Public Libraries are here for you! With a calendar of remote events that encompass yoga, meditation, exercise classes, gardening, language learning, knitting, and writing classes, plus a film series, story time, and world sing-alongs for kids. There is so much for both kids and adults to do, learn, and enjoy, especially during the pandemic.

And book-lovers, the news is good: books can be checked out, and those books have been cleaned per pandemic protocol. Basically, to order a book, you can log in to your account, place a hold through the LAPL online catalog, select an available pick up location, and then wait for an email notifying you that your hold is ready. After you get that email notification, call the library to schedule your pickup. Library staff will advise you on what to expect when picking up your materials. (Please wear a face covering while picking up your holds.) Loans can be returned at any book drop at our pickup locations. You can also access an extensive library of E-books and other digital content, like podcasts, movies, and online learning.

I’ve worked at the library as a substitute clerk since 2001. I miss my favorite branches, favorite desks, and favorite patrons! But we can feel connected and purposeful (even in a pandemic) with the library’s interesting and varied calendar of events and/or through the library’s rich collection of books, films, magazines, and audio. Service Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. LINK.

If you aren’t in the city of Los Angeles, you can check out the LA County Library, and many other city libraries, like Burbank, Santa Monica and Redondo Beach have similar remote activities and book pick-up procedures.

LAPL Pickup Locations:

Arroyo Seco Regional Library
Central Library
Echo Park Branch Library
Exposition Park Regional Library
Fairfax Branch Library
Junipero Serra Branch Library
Los Feliz Branch Library
Mar Vista Branch Library
Northridge Branch Library
Palms – Rancho Park Branch Library
Panorama City Branch Library
Pio Pico-Koreatown Branch Library
San Pedro Regional Library
Sherman Oaks Branch Library
Silver Lake Branch Library
Studio City Branch Library
Sylmar Branch Library
West Valley Regional Branch Library
Westwood Branch Library
Woodland Hills Branch Library

Lucretia Tye Jasmine

About Lucretia Tye Jasmine

Wild interests and an inclination to rage against the machine with a flair that could equal the groupies and rock stars who fascinate her, writer and artist from Kentucky, Lucretia Tye Jasmine, earned an MFA from CalArts (2006), and a BFA from Tisch (University Honors Scholar, 1988). Alien She, the Museum of Broken Relationships Hollywood, the Fales Special Collections Library at NYU, the Getty Center, Joanie 4 Jackie, MoPOP, the New York Times, and The Punk Museum Los Angeles have featured her work. Recent publications include essays in "Women Who Rock: From Bessie to Beyoncé, Girl Groups to Riot Grrrl," edited by Evelyn McDonnell (2018), and "Let It Bleed: How To Write A Rockin' Memoir," edited by Pamela Des Barres (2017), with online writing for Please Kill Me, Medium, and PRISM international. Current projects are the oral history mixtape zines: "riot grrrl Los Angeles 1992-1995," and "The Groupie Gospels."
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