33 Hyde Park Miriam Matthews Branch

33 Hyde Park

In Hyde Park in South Los Angeles is the 33rd library branch 33/72 of LAPL, named after Miriam Matthews, a pioneering librarian who was an expert in Black History.

Riley and G were excited to check it out.

There’s a great children’s section. Riley played and pulled out a bunch of books for us to discover. She stared at a mom and child on the cover of one of the books that was already out, for a long time. I wonder what she was thinking. Probably that she loves swimming at the YMCA (recently while taking a bath, Riley splashed around and said, “I swimming!”) Her loving gaze of the cover photo made me think of Yolanda Flournah-Perkins the mom behind Swimmie Caps.

Riley kept me and her G on our toes. . .quickly going from one area to the next, climbing and laughing.

I really want to buy all of the rugs we see in the children’s sections of each branch we visit. . . they are all so colorful.

Anyway, we ended up bringing home a few great books, as always.

Mr. George Baker by Amy Hest, illustrated by Jon J Muth.

The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews.

Sunday by Synthia Saint James.

I Like Black and White by Barbara Jean Hicks and illustrated by Lila Prap.

Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow.


Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown.

I am continually amazed by how each and every book we look at in the library or borrow and take home, appeals to Riley in different ways.

Next time you’re near Branch # 33 Hyde Park – go visit! There are so many things to do. You can hang out in their community garden on Wednesday afternoons or receive some tutoring on Thursday afternoons! Or, just learn something about an amazing lady, Miriam Matthews.



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