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Friends of Children and Literature


Los Angeles Public Library Children's Literature Department
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The Central Library and the 72 branch libraries are closed until further notice.

IMPORTANT information about access, fines, etc. is Here

FRIENDS OF CHILDREN AND LITERATURE was founded in 1979 by teachers, librarians, parents, authors, and illustrators to support and enrich the programs and resources of the Children's Literature Department of the Central Library. Membership has grown from a dedicated group of twenty volunteers to hundreds of participants.

FOCAL's fundraising activities supplement the Department's goals through the purchase of equipment, materials for special collections, and programming support. FOCAL members also helped raise funds for restoration of the Central Library following the devastating 1986 fire.

FOCAL programs promote the Department's rich collection of books, art, and circulating materials available to children and adults. FOCAL members volunteer for fundraising activities, help with department programs, and support the staff in the development and maintenance of its historic research collection of Children's Literature.




The 2020
FOCAL Award Winner!

Todos Iguales: Un Corrido de Lemon Grove = All Equal: A Ballad of Lemon Grove
Christy Hale - author/Illustrator

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 See what else is going on at the Children's Literature Department! 



FOCAL Points - Winter, 2020


Note:
Book covers used on various pages are from previous FOCAL Award winners.
Murals of California history are in the Children's Library Department.

2020 Essay Contest information

Flyer to share with friends



All all programs, class visits, docent tours, STAR readers, meetings and events have been cancelled until further notice. Check the main LAPL website for further information: Here




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and one from 2005

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