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Edison International Grant


In December 2016, LA County Library Foundation was awarded an $80,000 grant by Edison International (SCE) to support STEAM programs. The Edison Grant will enable LA County Library to enhance its services and programs at the Compton Library, Duarte Library, Hawaiian Gardens Library, Hawthorne Library, Huntington Park Library, Lancaster Library, Montebello Library, Paramount Library, Pico Rivera Library, San Fernando Library and four Maker Mobiles (MakMo).

 

 

 

County Library Foundation Awarded Nearly $13,000 in Matching Grants

to Support Local Library Initiatives in 2013-2014

 

A children’s book festival, a Catalina Island history collection and teen financial literacy and STEM career programs were among the 16 local branch library initiatives that received nearly $13,000 in funding from the Los Angeles County Library Foundation during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

 

The Foundation’s matching grants program helps fund grassroots educational, cultural, health, literacy and community service initiatives undertaken by Friends of the Library organizations. Those groups support their local branch libraries by presenting programs tailored to the needs of their communities; conducting fundraising events, such as book sales; staffing special library events; and helping recruit library volunteers.

 

Library Foundation awardees and initiatives funded:

  • Friends of the Acton-Agua Dulce Library – International Day of the Girl celebration featuring a one-woman play and screening of an Academy Award-winning film, as well as arts and crafts;

  • Friends of the Artesia Library – Free summer youth art workshop series offering instruction in screen and block printing, painting and marbling;

  • Friends of the Avalon Library – Expansion of the library’s historical collection about Catalina island’s indigenous population, exploration, development and natural history, as well as its depiction in art and film;

  • Friends of the Bell Gardens Library – Speaker and career education program for teens interested in the creative arts;

  • Friends of the Claremont Library – Children’s book festival featuring paleontology and astronomy exhibits, storytelling, and arts and crafts;

  • Gardena Valley Friends of the Library – Career education program focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions;

  • Friends of the Huntington Park Library – Purchase updated and additional citizenship and naturalization preparation materials;

  • Friends of the La Crescenta Library – “Season of Discovery” workshops offering children, teens and adults an introduction to astronomy, space exploration, paleontology, native plants, music, art, photography and science;

  • Friends of the Live Oak Library – Acquisition of Kindle e-readers as part of the library’s technology awareness program;

  • Los Amigos of the East Los Angeles Library – Teen financial literacy program focusing on personal finance and banking services;

  • Friends of the Rosemead Library – English-language literacy, cultural competency and school-readiness program for Chinese and Vietnamese parents and their pre-school and kindergarten children;

  • Friends of the Rowland Heights Library – New community classes in teen art (recyclable art, leaf rubbings, Origami), the secrets of using an iPad, résumé writing, and adult Zumba;

  • Friends of the San Gabriel Library – Interviewer training for local high school and Asian youth center volunteers participating in a local oral history initiative;

  • Friends of the Temple City Library – Asian Pacific American Heritage Month “fusion festival” celebrating the food, art and culture of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans;

  • Friends of the West Covina Library – Re-launching a weekly Zumba fitness program for teenagers, adults and seniors as part of the branch library’s health education efforts; and

  • Friends of the Westlake Village Library – Fine art classes in drawing, sculpture and pastels for teens and adults.

 

 

County Library Foundation Awarded More Than $13,000 in Matching Grants

to Support Local Library Initiatives in 2012-2013

 

The Los Angeles County Library Foundation awarded more than $13,000 in matching grants in the 2012-2013 fiscal year ended June 20, 2013 to support educational, cultural, health, literacy and community service programs at 17 branch libraries throughout the County.

 

The Foundation’s matching grants program helps fund grassroots initiatives undertaken by Friends of the Library organizations. Those groups support their local branch libraries by presenting programs tailored to the needs of their communities; conducting fundraising events, such as book sales; staffing special library events; and helping recruit library volunteers.

 

Library Foundation awardees and initiatives funded:

  • Friends of the Anthony Quinn Library – Healthy Living program that included adult nutrition and physical fitness (Zumba) classes and gardening activities for children;

  • Friends of the Artesia Library – Purchase of a big-screen television for children’s educational programs;

  • Friends of the Bell Gardens Library – Coloring books, stencils and other materials supplementing a career education program for pre-school and kindergarten children;

  • City Terrace Friends of the Library – Teen digital photography workshop series and photo exhibition;

  • Friends of the Duarte Library – 11th annual Festival of Authors featuring national and regional writers, panel sessions and book readings;

  • Friends of the Huntington Park Library – Healthy eating and cooking demonstration series and expansion of the library’s collection of Spanish-language diet, health and fitness books and audio-visual materials;

  • Friends of the La Crescenta Library – Environmental conservation and education program, presented in partnership with the Rosemont Preserve, that included a lecture series, photo exhibit, sustainable art program, and “lending seed” library;

  • Friends of the Lawndale Library – Five-week summer music festival and open house commemorating the County Library’s 100th anniversary;

  • Friends of the Littlerock Library – iPads for individual and group child and adult instruction;

  • Friends of the Live Oak Library – Anti-bullying education program for pre-school through high school students;

  • Montebello Friends of the Library – Create, furnish and equip a designated teen area inside the facility;

  • Friends of the Rosemead Library – English-as-a-Second-Language instruction classes for Chinese, Vietnamese and Latino immigrants and informational workshops about living and working in the United States;

  • Friends of the San Fernando Library – Series of poetry readings and family storytelling sessions as part of National Poetry Month;

  • Friends of the San Gabriel Library – “Share Your Story” local oral and video history program marking the city’s centennial celebration;

  • Friends of the South El Monte Library – Updated materials for the library’s Vietnamese DVD collection;

  • Friends of the View Park Library – Two five-week computer literacy courses; and

  • Friends of the West Covina Library – Expand the library’s Learn & Play area with the addition of a “play city” and infant play zone.