In the coastal neighborhood of Pacific Palisades next to Malibu and Santa Monica you will find #15 Branch of LAPL. It is very close to the Getty Villa and the Annenberg Community Beach House. Who doesn’t love a library near the sea? It has a great outdoor reading area and a beautiful children’s space . . . it was a fun library to visit during my last week of summer vacation.
We met some friendly kids and got to share some books and building blocks with them.
Riley loved the children’s corner nook where we could look out the window while we played and read. She was busily following the other kids around (now that she’s almost running) and trying to see what books they had.
We found some great ones, as always. She picked up: We Are Growing by Laurie Keller, illustrated by Mo Willems — and Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! A Sonic Adventure by Wynton Marsalis and illustrated by Paul Rogers.
We Are Growing was cute, it’s an Elephant & Piggie like reading book. Since Riley is growing so fast, she could relate to the grass growing and changing.
I hope Riley loves music as much as she loves books, and Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! A Sonic Adventure will definitely foster that. . . she was glued to each page and the sounds I read from each one.
The last book we got was To Market, To Market by Anne Miranda illustrated by Janet Stevens. This is a book I use quite often with kids at work, and I was happy she pulled this one. It rhymes and repeats and it is silly.
They have some pretty awesome posters too. . .
I love that my family is getting to spend time together at libraries. Even the long drive home was worth the visit. . . thanks Los Angeles traffic for never failing us. I guess it’s time to download some audiobooks for the road.
I have more books I want to add to my personal and work library now, thanks to the last 15 branch visits. (Ahem, all the books!) Thank you, libraries! I am sure I will keep adding all kinds of books to my wish list forever . . . but in the meantime I can always check them out again at any LAPL branch or online.