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Exciting Events Await at Brentwood, West LA, and Palisades Libraries

From Music, Banned Books to Storytime, Here’s What’s Happening

The Brentwood Library was buzzing with energy last Saturday as families gathered for the CrEATive Plate Kid’s Cooking Class. With smiles all around, both kids and adults alike soaked up culinary knowledge and had a blast. But if you can’t make it, don’t fret! Next time you’re at the library, make sure to peruse our children’s nonfiction area for some cooking inspiration to enjoy with your little ones at home.

While the Brentwood Library is taking a short break from Storytime this week, fear not! Dive into Storytime Anytime on the LAPL website for a virtual storytelling experience. Storytime will be back in person with Storytime next Wednesday, May 22nd.

Here’s what’s on the agenda for the week ahead:

  • Monday, 5/13 at 3:00 pm: Baby Music & Play (for babies/toddlers under 24 months)
  • Tuesday, 5/14 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.: STAR Reader Alicia
  • Wednesday, 5/15 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.: STAR Reader Bonnie
  • Thursday, 5/16 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.: Brick-Building Playtime
  • Thursday, 5/17 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.: STAR Reader Camille

At the Palisades Library, Children’s Programs include Family Storytime among many other programs:

You can join the library on Thursday, May 16 at 4:00 p.m. for an engaging program featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, and rhymes, designed to enhance reading skills while having fun! Suggested for ages 3 and up.

The Middle-Grade Book Club:

Middle-grade readers set a reminder for Saturday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. as the library delves into “Three Keys” by Kelly Yang. Email or for the Zoom login information.

Adult Programs:

Thursday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m.: What is the Meaning of Music and Why Do We Enjoy It?

  • Join Dr. Patrick Whelan, M.D. PhD will explore the evolutionary origins of music, its relationship with speech, and its emotional impact. This program is generously supported by the Friends of the Palisades Library.

Friday, May 17 at 12:30 p.m.: Bridge Game

  • Come join other players at the Palisades Library for a lively game of bridge, suitable for players of all levels. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned player, there’s a spot for you at the table.

Musical Delights: Saturday, May 18 at Noon: Gluck Old Time Ensemble

  • Tap your feet to the tunes of old-time music performed by the talented Gluck students. Experience the rich heritage of this genre, which draws influences from diverse cultures across North America.

Teen Programs:

  • Weekly on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.: Teen Council Meetings

Local Author Spotlight:

  • Tuesday, May 15 at 3:30 p.m.: Join local author Cambria Gordon as she discusses her new YA novel set during World War II.

Finally, the West Los Angeles Library has a lineup that is chock full of fun storytimes and reading experiences. 

Mondays 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. – STAR Stories With Grinnell

Children are invited to share the joy of storytelling and reading with our special STAR volunteer, Grinnell. Come three times and take a free book home with you. 

Every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. – Toddler Storytime

Join us in person and enjoy stories, songs, and fingerplays for children aged 18 months to 3 years old.

Wednesdays from Noon to 2:00 p.m. – STAR Stories With Pam

Children are invited to share the joy of storytelling and reading with our special STAR volunteer, Pam. Come three times and take home a free book. 

Every Thursday at 4:15 p.m. – Thursday Storytime

Enjoy stories, fingerplays, and songs. For all ages.

May 16, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – West LA Book Club

The West LA Book Club meets on the third Thursday of each month from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. We alternate between fiction and nonfiction.

May 18, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Chinese Paper Lantern Making With Emmy Lam

Did you know countries across Asia have festivals featuring paper lanterns, including China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Taiwan and…

May 19,  2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Banned Books Reading Group

The banned books reading group will be reading materials that have been historically challenged or are on the American Library Association’s current challenge list. Copies will be available for loan at the library.

With such a variety of events lined up, there’s something for everyone at the Brentwood Library, West LA Library, and the Palisades Library this week. Don’t miss out on the fun!

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