In the neighborhood of Watts, near the Watts Towers Arts Center and the Ted Watkins Memorial Park, is the Alma Reaves Woods Watts Branch Library, the 43rd Branch of the LAPL system. Named after Alma Reaves Woods the Watts branch got her name thanks to Watts residents who petitioned the naming after their community champion.
We arrived just as Toddler Storytime was ending. We got to meet the Children’s Librarian and a mom and her son who were just leaving. Next time we’re in the area, we will definitely come earlier to catch it!
The children’s area is really colorful and a wonderful space to read to your child. There were so many books to choose from. . . and we went home with a large bagful. I even had to ask as we were checking them out, how many books/materials we could take home (I had forgotten — it’s 30 items!) We did not have 30, but it felt close.
We took home:
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri.
Mae Among The Stars written by Roda Ahmed and illustrated by Stasia Burrington.
Rex Wrecks It! by Ben Clanton.
Quiet in the Garden written and illustrated by Alki.
Little Black Crow by Chris Raschka.
Life Without Nico by Andrea Maturana and illustrated by Francisco Javier Olea.
No Water No Bread by Luis Amavisca illustrated by Guridi, translated by Ben Dawlatly.
Scarecrow written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Lauren Stringer.
Why Am I Me? words by Paige Britt and pictures by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko.
Colores by Nathalie Armelia Spitalier and illustrated by Horacio Leonardo Vázquez Garcia.
We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio.
That Book Woman by Heather Henson and pictures by David Small. (This book makes me think of Alma Reaves Woods.)
Visit the Alma Reaves Woods Watts Branch Library sometime. They have tons of programs!
For all of these reasons, the Los Angeles Public Library card is the #BestCardinLA ! September is Library Card Sign Up Month and everyone needs a library card, so if you still don’t have one, get one today!