14 Vermont Square Branch Library

14 Vermont Square

Vermont Square is the oldest remaining branch library in the LAPL system. It is near the University of Southern California and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.


It is one of the three surviving Carnegie libraries in Los Angeles and a designated a Historic-Cultural Monument.


There were so many kids in the children’s section when we arrived just at the end of lunch time. Children of all ages were working on different activities. One sweet little girl brought Riley a toy to play with, and they ended up reading books together.


We were there in time for Storytime as well! Children’s Librarian, Kim, kept the kids engaged with books about vehicles, even with a toddler interrupting her. . .


We enjoyed meeting everyone there – and found books to take home.


I was impressed with all of the books out on display for the kids to see (thank you lovely librarians!) . . .


Riley picked out My Pet Human Takes Center Stage written and illustrated by Yasmine Surovec from a shelf. I don’t know how she found it, but she did. And would not put it down. It was a sweet and funny story about fostering and finding homes for shelter animals  . . . it reminded me of our amazing friend Amy who fosters kittens for the Santé D’Or Foundation.




We got Isabella: Girl In Charge Just How Big Can A Little Girl Dream? story by Jennifer Fosberry and pictures by Mike Litwin. Maybe Riley will be inspired to run for political office. . .



We got the Caldecott Honor Book, Me . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell. A beautiful story about Dr. Jane Goodall as a child.



I really loved Daniel Finds A Poem by Micha Archer — about finding poetry in nature.




The last book we took home was D Is For Dress-Up The ABC’s Of What We Wear by Maria Carluccio. It was a nice variation on the alphabet!


I repeat myself, but, libraries are the best places to spend your time. You get to meet new people, check out books, attend a story time, and witness kids having fun together.


Thank you, public libraries!  And remember that the Summer Reading Challenge and Summer Lunches are almost over!

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