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Heart & Hand Book Talk with David Ambroz

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2023-06-15 18:00:00 2023-06-15 20:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Heart & Hand Book Talk with David Ambroz Join us in person for a book signing, meet and greet, and special Heart & Hand Book Talk with David Ambroz, poverty & child welfare expert and advocate and author of "A Place Called Home - A Memoir." East Los Angeles Library -

Thursday, June 15
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2023-06-15 18:00:00 2023-06-15 20:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Heart & Hand Book Talk with David Ambroz Join us in person for a book signing, meet and greet, and special Heart & Hand Book Talk with David Ambroz, poverty & child welfare expert and advocate and author of "A Place Called Home - A Memoir." East Los Angeles Library -

Join us in person for a book signing, meet and greet, and special Heart & Hand Book Talk with David Ambroz, poverty & child welfare expert and advocate and author of "A Place Called Home - A Memoir."

Join us for a book signing, meet and greet, and special edition of our Heart & Hand Book Talk series with David Ambroz, sponsored by LA County Library Foundation and BIG Outdoor.

David Ambroz is a poverty & child welfare expert and advocate and author of A Place Called Home - A Memoir. In a chat with Library Director Skye Patrick, he will share his journey from growing up homeless and navigating the foster care system to overcoming life's obstacles and becoming an award-winning child welfare advocate. David's experiences and insight on homelessness, child poverty, foster care, and mental health are sure to inspire you to turn your empathy into action!

This author talk will be held in person at East Los Angeles Library with a book signing and meet and greet to follow at 7 pm

About A Place Called Home - A Memoir

There are millions of homeless children in America today and in A Place Called Home - A Memoir award-winning child welfare advocate David Ambroz writes about growing up homeless in New York for eleven years and his subsequent years in foster care, offering a window into what so many kids living in poverty experience every day. When David and his siblings should be in elementary school, they are instead walking the streets seeking shelter while their mother is battling mental illness. They rest in train stations, 24-hour diners, anywhere that’s warm and dry; they bathe in public restrooms and steal food to quell their hunger. When David is placed in foster care, at first it feels like salvation but soon proves to be just as unsafe. He’s moved from home to home and, in all but one placement, he’s abused. His burgeoning homosexuality makes him an easy target for other’s cruelty.
David finds hope and opportunities in libraries, schools, and the occasional kind-hearted adult; he harnesses an inner grit to escape the all-too-familiar outcome for a kid like him. Through hard work and unwavering resolve, he is able to get a scholarship to Vassar College, his first significant step out of poverty. He later graduates from UCLA Law with a vision of using his degree to change the laws that affect children in poverty. Told with lyricism and sparkling with warmth, A Place Called Home depicts childhood poverty and homelessness as it is experienced by so many young people who have been systematically overlooked and unprotected. It’s at once a gripping personal account of deprivation—how one boy survived it, and ultimately thrived—and a resounding call for readers to move from empathy to action.

“It's impossible to read A Place Called Home and not want to redouble your efforts to fight the systems of poverty that have plagued America for far too long. In this book, David shares his deeply personal story and issues a rousing call to make this a more humane and compassionate nation.” —HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

“A Place Called Home will take your breath away. It’s a must read for anyone who’s looked at a raggedy street family and asked, ‘Who are those people?’ It’s also for everyone who cares about “Those People.” You will fall in love with David Ambroz, his beautifully told, gut wrenching story, and his great big heart.”
—Jeannette Walls, New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle

About David Ambroz

David Ambroz is a national poverty and child welfare expert and advocate. He was recognized by President Obama as an American Champion of Change. He currently serves as the Head of Community Engagement (West) for Amazon. Previously he led Corporate Social Responsibility for Walt Disney Television, and served as the President of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, and as a California Child Welfare Councilmember. After growing up homeless and then in foster care, he graduated from Vassar and later from UCLA School of Law (J.D.). He is a foster dad and lives in Los Angeles.

About LA County Library Foundation

LA County Library Foundation, founded in 1982, raises funds and creates partnerships to support LA County Library and the millions of children, teens, and adults whose lives it enriches with free programs, services, and resources. The Library is a dynamic and unifying force for Los Angeles County, with the Library Foundation a vital partner. Learn more.

About BIG Outdoor

BIG Outdoor is a privately held premier Out-Of-Home media company focused on the development, marketing and sales of unique high-profile media assets in key media markets across the country, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas. BIG Outdoor has established itself as a major force in the outdoor advertising industry at the same time, our philosophy is to maintain the integrity of operating as a boutique firm with an emphasis on providing world-class services to both our clients and real estate partners.

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).