23 Van Nuys Branch Library

23 Van Nuys

This is a special library, Van Nuys Branch Library, as this was my library when I was a kid. I got my first public library card here, and my parents still live in Van Nuys. Van Nuys is in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, or as we say, The Valley.

I visited with my daughter Riley and my mom Gail, and it looks almost exactly like I remember it (I am 39 years old and Riley is 19 months old)!

Riley has gotten really good at finding books on the shelves, and finding friends in the children’s section.

She is usually more interested in the other kids than the books while we are at the library.

At times I am (or her gramma G is) able to get her to sit down with a book. . . for a few moments. . .

Until we’re not. . .

We found some books to take home and we were sad to wave goodbye to new friends.

As always, we had a lovely time at the library and were excited to read the books we checked out, at home.

We got Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw. A must read for library lovers.

We also checked out White is for Blueberry by George Shannon, picture by Laura Dronzek. Riley liked all of the colorful pictures.

The book Shhhhh! Everybody’s Sleeping by Julie Markes, illustrated by David Parkins was one of her favorites. It was fun to see so many different kinds of adults asleep in their beds at night.


The book 22 Orphans by Tjibbe Veldkamp and illustrated by Philip Hopman was a fun story too about children being silly.

The next book was Otis and the Kittens, written and illustrated by Loren Long. What a moving little story about a tractor going toward danger instead of away, to save a family of cats.

The book Mixed Me! by Taye Diggs, illustrated by Shane W. Evans was one she really liked as well.  It was a really joyful read about being a child of mixed races (and having to answer lots of questions about it).

The last book we took home was Fat Chance Thanksgiving written by Patricia Lakin, illustrated by Stacey Schuett. What a lovely story, and perfect for November.  This is one I will take from our stash and bring to work to use with speech students next week, right before Thanksgiving break!

Thanks as always, LAPL. If you’re in my hometown in the Van Nuys area, check out what’s happening at the library this month.





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