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 like the inter-generational Reading Stars...to strengthening the workforce with Career Readiness and Counseling, and so much more.
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ADULT 101 - Forging Skills for Personal & Career Success
Adult 101: Life Skills for Teens is offered at all 86 LA County Library locations, a minimum of four times per calendar year. 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.
ANIMATION program - Exploring Creative Careers
This pilot program will partner with industry experts to teach stop motion animation to young people ages nine to 15. A series of five two-hour workshops (each with a maximum of 20 students) will provide hands-on learning about animation and stop motion studio software, as well as an introduction to a career in the creative arts. The Library will engage industry partners and long-time collaborator LA MakerSpace.
BOOK KIOSKS - Educating, Connecting & Empowering
Kiosks are more than just books. They're placed in residential locations and are a gathering place for activities, discussions, learning, and community building. Residents can check out books, DVDs, and electronic resources, and place holds on items at any of 85 LA County community libraries. Plus, each kiosk has WiFi...free with a library card.
Library kiosks provide services for two vulnerable groups: older adults and Transition Age Youth (TAY), at-risk 16 to 24 year olds who are moving from foster care or state custody to independent living.
Kiosks for Older Adults: Too often, older adults in underserved communities can’t access community resources. They’re isolated and alone, not stimulated – all factors for poor health. Kiosks, with programs ranging from health to science to art, increase connection and decrease isolation. They provide opportunities for learning and socialization.
TAY Kiosks: Young adults can access full library services. From art and poetry to STEM programs and a book club, to family storytime. The kiosk includes a 235 item collection curated to meet community needs – self-help, cooking, young adult fiction. The kiosk helps youth explore, learn, socialize, and develop life and career skills. One kiosk is located in a community center for LGBTQ youth.
EMPOWERED PARENTING for TEENS - Strengthening Families
This series of programs teaches teen parents about their children's developmental, physical, and emotional needs. Parents also learn to address their own needs to become a stronger parent and family. The Library introduces teen parents to the many Library services available to them, and partners with County departments to provide workshops on diverse topics: Emergent Literacy: Reading to Your Child; The Importance of Play, Nutrition & Child Development; Stress Management with Trauma-informed Yoga; and Workplace Readiness & Money Management. Parent participants also receive books to create a family at-home library.
READING MACHINE - Developing Early Childhood Literacy
Reading Machine is a program featuring early literacy vehicles that visit licensed home daycares and preschools to engage children with literacy and STEAM activities through storytime. Reading Machine staff are early literacy experts and trained in early childhood development and relationship building with parents and caregivers. They teach caregivers effective ways to introduce literacy - through storytime and STEAM activities - to the young children in their care.
READING STARS - Building Literacy & Intergenerational Connections
Reading STARS (Students and Tutors Achieving Reading Success) connects older adults, teen mentors, and K-3 students who are not reading at grade level. Older adults from the community work with teen mentors to provide one-on-one tutoring to elementary school students. The program, piloted in 2018, is a success: students who participated in the program for at least four months improved their reading by at least 2 proficiency levels. Why does this matter? If a child isn't reading at grade level by third grade, they likely won't graduate from high school and will struggle for future success.
MākMō MAKER MOBILES - STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Arts & Math) for all ages
STEAM is an important element of programming at all 87 Library locations and the communities they serve. MākMō maker mobiles expand programs and extend reach by providing a makerspace. Hands-on activities include computer coding, robotics, 3D printing, cardboard construction, and more.