57 Valley Plaza Branch Library

57 Valley Plaza

In the East San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles in the neighborhood of North Hollywood, is the 57th branch of LAPL, Valley Plaza Branch Library. It’s next to the Whitsett Sports Fields Park.


There is a great children’s section. Riley enjoyed the play cars immensely.  I was impressed by the rainbow color sorted board books section!

After a while of looking at books and playing, we took home:

A is For Awesome! 23 Iconic Women Who Changed The World written by Eva Chen, illustrated by Derek Desierto;


I Love Mommy by Sebastien Braun;


Bubbles by Kit Chase;


Dog Loves Counting by Louise Yates;


Carry Me! by Rosemary Wells;


What Can A Citizen Do? by Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris;


Big Boy by Tololwa M. Mollel, illustrated by E.B. Lewis;


My Mom Is A Foreigner, But Not To Me by Julianne Moore, illustrated by Meilo So;


The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Ekua Holmes;


Every Friday by Dan Yaccarino;


The Witch’s Child by Arthur Yorinks, illustrated by Jos. A. Smith.


I am always surprised by which books Riley ends up being most interested in — but that changes day by day as well. (Another great reason to get your books at the library!) Like some. . . reject some. . . read different selections the next day. . . decide you don’t like the one you really liked yesterday. . .decide you like the one you didn’t like yesterday. . . and so on. It’s always an adventure with Riley, especially now that she can tell me what she likes and doesn’t like.

Next time you are near Valley Plaza. . . visit the library! There are so many things to do, see, learn and participate in! Oh, and you can also . . . attend a Reptile Family Show on March 21st at 4pm . . .


img_6427Keep celebrating, discovering, experiencing and exploring Women’s History Month this March with LAPL! If you don’t want to leave your house, go online for lots of audiobooks, movies, ebooks and videos. . .

Riley is even taking my picture now. . . it’s payback time for all the pictures I’ve taken of her. . . She can even tell you when her 3rd birthday is if you ask her – “March 29”!

Here’s to libraries. Even though they continue to be threatened — see where the Trump budget proposes permanent elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), an independent federal agency that provides library and museum grants, policy development, and research. . . I will always continue to support the American Library Association’s #FundLibraries. I hope you will too.


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