The Los Angeles Public Library is one of the best library systems in the country. The LAPL has received the nations highest award for museums and libraries from the Institute of Museum and Library Services on April 21 known as the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The LAPL system was chosen “for its success in meeting the needs of Angelenos and providing a high level of social, educational and cultural services,” the institute said.
According to the Los Angeles Times article, “the L.A. institution was the only California library this year to win the medal, given by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)…” The system includes 73 libraries and more than 6 million books. Read the full L.A. Times article.
The National Medal for Museum and Library Service has been given annually for the past 21 years to “celebrate institutions that present extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families, and communities,” according to the Institutes website.
As a helpful reference below is a list of all the Los Angeles Public Library branches. They are all lined to their respective website. Various libraries host author readings at various times through out the year. Check their websites to tap into more of the Los Angeles literary scene.