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FOCAL      Friends of Children and Literature

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What We Do



FOCAL is in a unique position to further a love of literature in all the children of Los Angeles. As the Friends support group of the Children’s Literature Department of the Central Library we are able to concentrate our efforts specifically in the area of children’s literature. Our members come from throughout Southern California and further north and include librarians, educators, authors, illustrators, and people who are passionate about connecting children with great children’s literature. Many of them belong to their local branch library’s Friends groups as well. The Central Library serves the entire city of Los Angeles and the Children’s Literature Department serves all the children of Los Angeles. Join us in supporting this worthwhile cause.


Download our membership form.


Saturday Book Sales
3rd Saturday of every month
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
2nd Floor Rotunda outside the Children's Literature Department
Every 3rd Saturday of the month FOCAL sells brand new and used children’s books at bargain prices. Our sale is combined with other Central Library support groups so come and visit us. You won’t believe the prices!
Contact us at volunteer@focalcentral.org to sign up to help with our sales. They're really fun and are a great opportunity to volunteer and get to know our organization.

FOCAL welcomes direct or in-kind donations. A cash donation goes toward, among other things, the purchase of equipment to enhance programming in the Children’s Literature Department, and the purchase of special subject-specific collections within the department.


FOCAL sponsors monthly, annual, and special events throughout the year.

Annual Award Luncheon
FOCAL Award page
FOCAL Award list

Annual Peggy & Merv Miller Science Day
    Previous Science Day Programs
2015 Sounds Like Science with Mad Science of Los Angeles
2014 The Silly Science Show with Professor Wisenheimer (Ric Morton)
2013 Last Days of the Dinosaurs with Richard Wade
2012 What a Hoot with The Discovery Science Center
2011 Up, Up, and Away with Mad Science of Los Angeles
2010 The Australia Great White Shark Expedition with The Ocean Adventure
2009 Fire and Ice with Mad Science of Los Angeles
2008 Volcanoes with Richard Wade (Taper Program)
2007 Mysteries of the Last Days of the Dinosaurs with Richard Wade (Taper Program)
2006 The Wonder of the Wheel with Claire and Monte Montgomery (Taper Program)

Board Meetings
Our board meets in the workroom of Central Library's Children’s Literature Department.
If you are interested in attending a board meeting, you are welcome to join us.
Email info@focalcentral.org for the date and time.