Your LA County Library - 86 local libraries plus programs beyond library walls - offers you and your community the programs, services, and resources you asked for.
From Reading Machines and Family Place Centers for learning, play, and reading...to Live Homework Help for students of all ages...to MākMō maker mobiles that bring STEAM programs to you...to four unique Cultural Resource Centers...to serving as an innovative Digital Library with computer loans and extensive Online Learning...to Summer Reading and Literacy programs...to strengthening the workforce with Career Readiness and Counseling, and so much more.
Your gift to the Library Foundation is an investment in your Library, your community and you.
Laptop & Hotspot Loans mean:
TOOLS for JOB SEEKERS - Chromebooks, Internet Access & Skills Building Workshops
Job seekers say the Library is a life-saver. With one-on-one help with resumes and cover letters, resources for locating and landing jobs. Internet. Computers. All of it free.
But now, with coronovirus and the need for physical distancing, the Library is closed. And in LA County, more people are unemployed than at any time since the Great Depression in the 1930s.
So, no computers, no WiFi to use if you don't have your own. In some of the hardest hit communities, 37% of people don't have broadband internet. They don't have a computer. And if you're a job seeker, you're out of luck. You can't search for a job, much less make a resume or fill out an online application.
You can change that story. Your donation will enable the Library to expand its Laptop & Hotspot Loans program - with more digital devices and broadband internet.
That means a job seeker will be able to check out a chromebook kit - just like checking out a library book. It's a chromebook and a personal hotspot to access the internet. Plus, access to virtual workshops and online classes to prepare for the post-COVID-19 landscape.
Your generous donation will give a job seeker the tools to succeed.
PATHWAY to EQUITY - Cultural Resource Centers
The Library has four cultural gems, each housed in a community library – Black Resource Center; American Indian Resource Center; Asian Pacific Resource Center; and Chicano Resource Center. They're unique to LA County Library: accessible to all - children, teens, and adults - and with resources for the public and academics.
They're essential: antidotes to a fragmented society, where people too often fear difference and lash out with hate. They are ways to explore and understand race, racism, civil rights, and protest. They're a place for conversation. A way to build inclusion and understanding in our community.
Your support is a stand for equity and justice.
ADULT 101 - Forging Skills for Personal & Career Success
Adult 101: Life Skills for Teens is offered at all 86 LA County Library locations. Community members, including teens, tell us they can use more of these programs. Each community librarian hires expert presenters and/or leads the program with one of 26 specially designed program-in-a-box kits. Program kits cover a range of topics, including: career planning; decision making; etiquette; financial savvy; personal image and self-esteem; home management; personal well-being; public speaking; and social media smarts.
Today's challenge? Taking it virtual. Your gift helps.
MākMō MAKER MOBILES & VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING - STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Arts & Math) for all ages
STEAM is an important element of programming at all 86 Library locations and the communities they serve. MākMō maker mobiles expand programs and extend reach by providing a makerspace. Activities include computer coding, robotics, 3D printing, cardboard construction, and more.
The Maker Mobiles may not be on the road right now delivering physical programs, but Library staff is serving up lots of creative STEAM programs - virtually. Your generosity makes a difference.
Plus staff, with generous donations of 3D printers from Monoprice, turned Carson Library into a print farm, making thousands of parts for face shields for front line hospital workers. Stay tuned...when Library locations reopen, you can try your hand at making a 3D printed project!