You read that correctly. There is a library in Avalon. No, not King Arthur’s Avalon — but the city of Avalon on Santa Catalina Island off the coast from Los Angeles. It is not part of the Los Angeles Public Library LAPL, which this blog is focusing on, but part of the County of Los Angeles Public Library.
I’m taking a detour to talk about it since I just so happened to be on the island with my family over the weekend for a friend’s 40th birthday. And we had to visit!
We were lucky to meet the Avalon Community Library Manager, Morgan, while browsing the books in the children’s corner. Morgan was getting the outdoor area ready for a Cinco de Mayo piñata and a dance performance.
The performance by the Ballet Folklorico Quetzal was terrific. The children who had come to read after school seemed to all stay for the outdoor festivities.
I loved feeling right at home in an “overseas library”. All of the librarians and staff were helpful and more than happy to let us hang out.
We didn’t check out any books (I’ve actually never gotten a county library card, shameful I know – it’s so easy to do) but we looked through a few books together including 123 California A Cool Counting Book by Puck and Illustrated by Kevin Somers. My husband John read Riley one about the seashore called It’s A Seashell Day by Dianne Ochiltree and Illustrated by Elliot Kreloff. Fitting for story time on an island.
John is the best at making voices for people and animals in stories. He’s also quite talented at making up songs to sing to our daughter. . . he is the artist in the family. I hope Riley gets his skills.
Besides trying to pull books off of shelves, Riley found the headphones at the Early Literacy Station very exciting.
She also fell in love with the super friendly cat who hangs out by the library. Just more evidence that cats and books go well together!
If you’re ever in Avalon, make sure to visit the local library. I was hoping to find a story about Old Ben by a local author – but maybe someone’s writing it right now. Old Ben The Seal of Catalina. I would read it. Next time we are on Catalina, the library will definitely be on our itinerary again. And the next time I’m in a County of L.A. library – I will sign up for a library card. Who doesn’t need 85 more branches to visit?