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Tween Book Club - Calling Young Readers!

In-Person Program

2024-04-18 16:30:00 2024-04-18 17:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Tween Book Club - Calling Young Readers! In honor of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), join an engaging and thought-provoking discussion of the book "Bump" by Matt Wallace. Recommended for ages 9 -12. A C Bilbrew Library - Activity Room

Thursday, April 18
4:30pm - 5:30pm

Add to Calendar 2024-04-18 16:30:00 2024-04-18 17:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Tween Book Club - Calling Young Readers! In honor of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), join an engaging and thought-provoking discussion of the book "Bump" by Matt Wallace. Recommended for ages 9 -12. A C Bilbrew Library - Activity Room

A C Bilbrew Library

Activity Room

In honor of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), join an engaging and thought-provoking discussion of the book "Bump" by Matt Wallace. Recommended for ages 9 -12.

MJ knows what it means to hurt. Bruises from gymnastics heal, but big hurts—like her dad not being around anymore—don’t go away. Now her mom needs to work two jobs, and MJ doesn’t have friends at school to lean on. There is only one thing MJ loves: the world of professional wrestling. She especially idolizes the luchadores and the stories they tell in the ring. When MJ learns that her neighbor, Mr. Arellano, runs a wrestling school, she has a new mission in life: join the school, train hard, and become a wrestler, but trouble lies ahead. After wrestling in a showcase event, MJ attracts the attention of Mr. Arellano’s enemy at the State Athletic Commission. There are threats to shut the school down, putting MJ’s new home—and the community that welcomed her—at risk. What can MJ do to save her new family? Description provided from publisher. 

*ALA 2024 Recommendation * A Junior Library Guild Selection * Banks Street Best Children's Books of the Year * 

Physical copies of this book are available for checkout in-person and via digital formats on our website. Library staff are available to assist. 

Fun ice-breakers, trivia and book-related activities are always included!

A C Bilbrew Library

Phone: 310.538.3350

Hours
Mon, May 20 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, May 21 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, May 22 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, May 23 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, May 24 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, May 25 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun, May 26 Closed

About the branch

Located in a shopping center from 1964 to 1974, the North Enterprise Branch became the A C Bilbrew Library with the opening of the present building on November 2, 1974. Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn was instrumental in the library obtaining funding through a Model Neighborhood Development Program to build a 21,000 square foot library with a capacity to house 100,000 books. The library was designed by Vincent Proby, an African-American architect and is named for Madame A C Bilbrew, a community leader and former deputy for Supervisor Hahn who was also a musician and poet.

In 1933, Mrs. Bilbrew was the first black soloist to appear on radio, and in 1928, she produced the first Negro chorus that was featured in Hollywood's first Negro talkie, titled "Hearts in Dixie." She was the first black person to have a radio show. Mrs. Bilbrew was also a producer of pageants and dramas, an outstanding dramatic reader, and choral director.

A C Bilbrew Library houses the Black Resource Center which supports research and study on social, historical, musical, and cultural aspects unique to the "Black Experience" such as Juneteenth and Kwanzaa. From 1980-2008, A C Bilbrew Library has hosted the County Library's African American History Month Celebration. The "Living Black History Tribute" first honoree was Eubie Blake. This became the "African-American Living Legend" Series. Past Honorees have included Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Rosa Parks, James Baldwin, Coretta Scott King, and Ray Charles. An interactive Living Legends digital display is featured in the main lobby. The library is located in an unincorporated area west of the City of Compton.

Upcoming events

Wed, May 29, 11:15am - 12:15pm
Activity Room
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 a parent or caregiver.

Wed, May 29, 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, May 29, 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

Thu, May 30, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Meeting Room
CrEATive Plate will teach kids the fundamentals of cooking using healthy components! Students will learn basic cooking techniques, how to use measuring tools/cooking equipment, and how to read recipes to create their own meals! For ages 5 – 12.
This event is full

Sat, Jun 01, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Activity Room
Strike up the band and liven up any atmosphere with your very own musical instrument made out of everyday household items. All ages welcome. Children 13 and under must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Tue, Jun 04, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Activity Room
Become a maze master by combining precision-engineered Keva planks with a variety of nifty maze-making apparatus to build a 3D puzzle of your design! For teens ages 13 – 17.

Tue, Jun 04, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Activity Room
This summer, stay cool, be safe and become a shipbuilder with MākMō! We provide the materials and guidance while you provide the design skills and elbow grease. Once you’re done, we will put them on water and see how they hold up! For Ages 5 - 12.

Wed, Jun 05, 11:15am - 12:15pm
Activity Room
New parents, join us at a special program designed for you. Bring your new baby and learn about all the great programs and services we have for parents, caregivers, and children, and connect with other new parents/families in the community.

Wed, Jun 05, 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, Jun 05, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Activity Room
Celebrate Juneteenth! Join us as we learn about the history of this long-celebrated holiday, as well as the origins, traditions, and influence of gospel music. For teens ages 13 – 17.

Thu, Jun 06, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Meeting Room
Where does our food come from? Learn about growing fresh fruits and vegetables and how environment impacts what we eat. Then, create a beginner garden to take home for the Summer! All materials provided. For ages 5 – 12 with a parent or caregiver.

Tue, Jun 11, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Activity Room
Make your own bird feeder, create a fly through restaurant for our avian neighbors, and learn the different methods of bird identification with library books and smartphone apps.  For ages 18+.

Wed, Jun 12, 11:15am - 12:15pm
Activity Room
Come play with us! Help your child learn fine motor, gross motor, and social/emotional skills with age-appropriate hands-on activities and toys! For infants and toddlers ages 0 - 3 with parents or caregivers.

Wed, Jun 12, 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, Jun 12, 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, Jun 12, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Activity Room
Join us for an afternoon of gaming on the Nintendo Switch! Learn about our Teen Advisory Board while having some fun. For ages 12 - 18.

Thu, Jun 13, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Activity Room
Join us as we celebrate Juneteenth with a special performance by Melanie Haymon of Mocha House Productions. This program will focus on African American Culture by educating & entertaining us through song, word, and/or artifact. All ages welcome!

Tue, Jun 18, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Activity Room
Paint an L.A. Weather Landscape inspired by our One Book, One County book, L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón. For adults 18+.

Thu, Jun 20, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Activity Room
Join us to learn about positive parenting and explore strategies to take home and try with your family. This seminar will be led by an accredited Triple P Positive Parenting Program provider. For parents and caregivers of children ages 3 - 12.

Mon, Jun 24, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Activity Room
New parents, join us at a special program designed for you. Bring your new baby and learn about all the great programs and services we have for parents, caregivers, and children, and connect with other new parents/families in the community.