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Friends of Children and Literature

Los Angeles Public Library Children's Literature Department
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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:

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.

Caroline Gill   

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:

The 2022
FOCAL Award Winner!

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Julie Leung - author
Chris Sasaki - illustrator

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The Award program will be
livestreamed on YouTube
click here November 20 at 2PM.

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

FOCAL Points - Fall, 2022

The FOCAL Award Event
will be held on November 20, 2022

Join Us!!

Award Flyer
Click image to enlarge/download.

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:

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

Current "Fun for Kids"
Current Newsletter


Membership Application
History of FOCAL Award
Teacher Guide to Award Book (if available)

Newsletters 2009 - present
and one from 2005

Membership Application


Current "Fun for Kids"; LAPL; Award Author's Websites; Authors and Illustrators Involved with FOCAL; Literature Connections; California History Connections

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