- Written by Jennifer Caldwell
10 Aug 2012
LA’s public library is really such a darn good deal that I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
So, I decided to make a series of videos called Gem of the City: The Los Angeles Public Library.
Because of its beauty and its vast collection of activities and material, I wanted to feature the Central Library especially.
I made up my mind I was going to find out everything there was to know about the library from an expert. So, I arranged an appointment with a librarian with the help of the LAPL’s public relations specialist, Brenda Breaux.
Boy, it was hotter than Hades yesterday when my cameraman and I ventured on downtown to our destination. My air conditioning is out in my car and I have to tell you, when I stepped across that threshold into the library, I was relieved! I’d say another perk for hanging out at the library during these sweltering days is the air conditioning!
When we got there, we were delighted to find that we actually had an appointment with the acting director of the Central Library, Ms. Giovanna Mannino. She knows just about everything there is to know about the library; and, she filled us in on all of it during our stay.
While we were there, we saw three exhibits the library has on display right now. The first was “Treasures of Los Angeles,” which is ongoing in the Annenberg Gallery and contains part of a larger Hollywood exhibit that is on display at the Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Branch.
Next we took a peek at “A Nation Emerges: The Mexican Revolution Revealed,” and “As the City Grew: Historical Maps of Los Angeles.”
All in all, it was a fun and educational afternoon. You’ll find out all about it by watching the videos! It was also free.
We did have to pay for the parking: $9 for a little over two hours. If you really want to spend some time at the Central Library, I would recommend taking the train. The Metro Blue Line and Metro Red Line both have stops near the library. You can walk just a few blocks. It’s fun, especially if you ever lived in New York City. You can pretend you are back there for a minute.
I hope readers enjoy this series on LA’s public library and continue to support the library and all of the wonderful and vitally needed resources it provides in these hard times.
NEED TO KNOW:
630 W. 5th Street, 90071 (map)
Hours: Mon. 10-5:30, Tue. 10-8, Wed. 10-5:30, Thu. 10-8, Fri. 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5:30, Sun. Closed
Validated Parking Rates
$1.00 for 1st hour (or portion thereof) $1.00
$4.00 for 2nd hour (or portion thereof) $5.00
$4.00 for 3rd hour (or portion thereof) $9.00
$4.15 including tax per 10 minutes thereafter $37.60 Maximum including tax
Cars entering after 3:00 p.m. (until Library Closing) $1.00 Flat rate
Saturday (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) $1.00 Flat rate
Photo credit: Taken from the Mexican Revolution Exhibit running now through February 2013 at the Central Library
Vol 10 Issue 64
Pub: Aug 10, 2012