Note: The Central Library and Branch Libraries are now open regular hours for most services. For information on the "Rolling Reopening" see: https://lapl.org/reopening
Check back, as the information will be updated.
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.
NEW: It is our great pleasure to share "What's with the puppets in Children's Literature?" - a video about the wonderful FOCAL puppets. It has been posted to the library's YouTube channel and shared on the Children's Literature Facebook webpage.
You can access the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQaRThIU-Iw
Dear FOCAL friends, readers, and members:
On May 25, 2022, Caroline Gill, the President of FOCAL passed away after a short illness. She will be missed by all of us as she was so dedicated and concerned about FOCAL and children.
Cards and well wishes can be sent to her sister, Suzanne Muchnic
2185 Century Hill
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Donations can be made to FOCAL by sending them to: FOCAL, LAPL - Children's Literature, 630 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.
Or use the button below to donate via PayPal:
FOCAL Award Winner!
Julie Leung - author
Chris Sasaki - illustrator
Programs, class visits, docent tours, STAR readers, meetings and events have been cancelled until further notice. Check the main LAPL website for further information and re-opening: https://www.lapl.org/kids
Book covers used on various pages are from previous FOCAL Award winners.
Murals of California history are in the Children's Library Department.