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Canceled

César Chávez Celebration

In-Person Program

Join us to learn about César Chávez's legacy as a civil rights advocate and farm labor leader who championed nonviolent social change and environmental rights. Afterwards, join us as we create a paper mural piece honoring César Chávez.

Materials will be provided. For ages 5 – 12 with parent or caregiver. 

This event is held in-person. LA County Public Health strongly encourages masks and physical distancing indoors regardless of vaccination status. Masks will continue to be available for customers upon request. Please see the Guidelines for Attendees during the registration process for more information.

East Los Angeles Library

Phone: 323.264.0155

Hours
Mon, Apr 15 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Apr 16 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Apr 17 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Apr 18 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Apr 19 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Apr 20 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun, Apr 21 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

East Los Angeles Library was established on May 1, 1923, with a small collection of books in the corner of a local store. Three months later, a small building was constructed to house the collection.

In 1924, another building was constructed at Kern Avenue near Whittier Boulevard to become the new site of the public library. Then in 1932, the library moved to 679 Fetterly Avenue, where it was located for 35 years before being moved to a new building, on the corner of Third and Fetterly in 1967.

Thanks to funding from Gloria Molina, Supervisor of the First District, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the library moved into its new location in September 2004.

This brand new library building is over 26,000 square feet, nearly double the size of the old building. The library is located within the East Los Angeles Civic Center, which also includes the East Los Angeles County Hall, Courthouse, Probation Department, Sheriff's station, Edward R. Roybal Comprehensive Health Center, and Belvedere Park Lake. The library now offers expanded services and collections and an expanded Chicano Resource Center in a separate room.

Community residents requested that the new library reflect Mayan design and themes. Since many Mayan structures in southern Mexico and Central America were astronomical observatories, the designers incorporated references to the sun and the moon, both themes in Mayan art, in the pavement at the entrances and in the lobby.

The interior foyer features artist Jose Antonio Aguirre's monumental mosaic mural cycle "OUR LEGACY: Forever Presente..." which is a visual tribute to East Los Angeles' proud cultural heritage and socio-political struggle.

Upcoming events

Mon, Apr 15, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Meeting Room
Hey Teens! Drop by the Library for an afternoon of gaming with your friends! We have a Nintendo Switch and games like MarioKart 8 Deluxe and Super Smash Bros Ultimate. We've also got a selection of classic board games too! For ages 12 – 18.

Wed, Apr 17, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
In response to an increase in fentanyl and other opioid related overdoses, we've partnered with the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health and California Department of Health Care Services to offer free doses of Naloxone (Narcan).

Wed, Apr 17, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Meeting Room
Join native plant experts from California Botanic Garden to learn about Southern California's incredible biodiversity and the State Parks that preserve and display our state's unique plant life. Then check out a State Parks Pass and explore a park.

Thu, Apr 18, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
¿Conoce a algún adulto hispanohablante que quiera aprender lectura o escritura básica en español? Estudiantes aprenderán los sonidos del alfabeto, leerán y escribirán palabras sencillas, y aprenderán escritura en español. Para adultos.

Thu, Apr 18, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Meeting Room
Join PBS SoCal and East Los Angeles Library in recognition of El dia de los niños/ El dia de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day)- also know as Día. Ages 5-12 years
This event is full

Mon, Apr 22, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Meeting Room
LA County Department of Public Health is partnering with LA County Library to provide FREE flu vaccinations and the updated 2023-24 COVID-19 vaccine. Health insurance is not required but will be requested if insured. 
Register

Wed, Apr 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Let’s get ready for school! Enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and movement while learning school readiness skills and having fun. For ages 2 - 5 with their parent or caregiver.

Wed, Apr 24, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
In response to an increase in fentanyl and other opioid related overdoses, we've partnered with the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health and California Department of Health Care Services to offer free doses of Naloxone (Narcan).

Wed, Apr 24, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Get involved at the Library! Join our TAB and help shape the future of teen activities & the teen space here at the East LA Library. Participants can earn community service hours for attending meetings. New participants are welcome! For ages 12 - 18.

Thu, Apr 25, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join us for a morning storytime designed for babies and their caregivers. Build your baby's early learning skills through stories, songs, rhymes, and gentle movement. For ages 0-18 months with parent or caregiver.

Thu, Apr 25, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
¿Conoce a algún adulto hispanohablante que quiera aprender lectura o escritura básica en español? Estudiantes aprenderán los sonidos del alfabeto, leerán y escribirán palabras sencillas, y aprenderán escritura en español. Para adultos.

Tue, Apr 30, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Combining the Japanese art-form of paper folding and the modern science of LEDs, light up origami is your chance to showcase your artistic and scientific skills. For ages 4-12 years.

Tue, Apr 30, 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Combining the Japanese art of paper-folding and the modern science of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), Light-Up Origami is your chance to showcase your artistic and scientific skills in one beautiful work of art. For ages 12 - 18.

Wed, May 01, 10:30am - 11:00am
Let’s get ready for school! Enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and movement while learning school readiness skills and having fun. For ages 2 - 5 with their parent or caregiver.

Wed, May 01, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
In response to an increase in fentanyl and other opioid related overdoses, we've partnered with the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health and California Department of Health Care Services to offer free doses of Naloxone (Narcan).

Thu, May 02, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join us for a morning storytime designed for babies and their caregivers. Build your baby's early learning skills through stories, songs, rhymes, and gentle movement. For 0-18 months with parent or caregiver.

Thu, May 02, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
¿Conoce a algún adulto hispanohablante que quiera aprender lectura o escritura básica en español? Estudiantes aprenderán los sonidos del alfabeto, leerán y escribirán palabras sencillas, y aprenderán escritura en español. Para adultos.

Wed, May 08, 10:30am - 11:00am
Let’s get ready for school! Enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and movement while learning school readiness skills and having fun. For ages 2 - 5 with their parent or caregiver.

Wed, May 08, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
In response to an increase in fentanyl and other opioid related overdoses, we've partnered with the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health and California Department of Health Care Services to offer free doses of Naloxone (Narcan).

Thu, May 09, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join us for a morning storytime designed for babies and their caregivers. Build your baby's early learning skills through stories, songs, rhymes, and gentle movement. For ages 0-18 months with parent or caregiver.

Thu, May 09, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
¿Conoce a algún adulto hispanohablante que quiera aprender lectura o escritura básica en español? Estudiantes aprenderán los sonidos del alfabeto, leerán y escribirán palabras sencillas, y aprenderán escritura en español. Para adultos.

Tue, May 14, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Join us as we celebrate the author Grace Lin in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. For ages 4-12 years.

Wed, May 15, 10:30am - 11:00am
Let’s get ready for school! Enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and movement while learning school readiness skills and having fun. For ages 2 - 5 with their parent or caregiver.

Wed, May 15, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
In response to an increase in fentanyl and other opioid related overdoses, we've partnered with the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health and California Department of Health Care Services to offer free doses of Naloxone (Narcan).