The Los Angeles Public Library is a treasure trove of resources, and not just because of its behemoth selection of books. Any day is a good day to check out a library book, but we’ve rounded up seven reasons why you should start engaging with our favorite city institution stat.
Don’t see the book you’ve been dying to read at your local LAPL branch? Do not fret! All of the locations are connected, so if the book you’re trying to get your hands on is across town, they can ship it right over to your local branch.
We get it: Duolingo is not for everyone. Take a new approach with the LAPL’s free language learning services. Among other resources, your library card grants you 24/7 access to Mango Languages, a self-paced learning program that uses multimedia tools, or Transparent Language Online, which offers an engaging experience for all levels of language learners.
Are you an avid lover of stories, but not really a fan of reading? Not to worry! The LAPL has a massive selection of audiobooks so that you can listen to the best new novels and old favorite classics whether you’re on the go, lounging around or sitting in traffic.
National Library Week 2022 was a really special one. In addition to celebrating libraries, it marked the launch of a new program, which allows Californians to use their library cards to visit state parks for free. The California State Library Parks Pass will be distributed to public libraries across the state for checkout by library patrons and will allow free vehicle day use entry at more than 200 participating state parks.
It’s the 21st century, so anyone with an online presence knows the importance of posting great content. Just take a look at The Linda Lindas’ library performance. The L.A.-native teen girl group went viral for rocking out in the stacks, singing hardcore originals like “Racist, Sexist Boy” and “Claudia Kishi,” which celebrates our favorite Baby-Sitters Club member. The performance garnered praise from Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello.
Smash the follow button on the LAPL social media accounts. Whether the Dodgers are going head to head with the Giants or the Rams are taking on the Super Bowl, the LAPL is creative and spirited as ever with supporting their hometown teams.
The LAPL wants you to know your city; just look at its Discover & Go program. Angelenos 18 and over with a library card can reserve free or low-cost passes to a number of the city’s cultural institutions, including The Broad, the Grammy Museum, La Brea Tar Pits, L.A. Zoo, Natural History Museum, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and more.
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