What We Do

a librarian reads to group of babies and toddlers and their caregivers

The Children’s Literature Department is a safe and welcoming public library environment for children ages 0-11 (or up to 5th grade) and their parents and caregivers. Opportunities abound for exploration, entertainment, and learning in the department through year-round storytimes, puppet shows, author programs, craft and activity programs, and other special events. The collection of over 250,000 juvenile items is one of the largest in the United States and serves to meet the informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the residents of Los Angeles and its visitors.

Programming Highlights

  • We have a weekly Preschool Storytime for ages 2-5, as well as other programs for ages K-5 that create a solid foundation in early literacy, foster a love of books and reading, and give children and their caregivers the opportunity to socialize, create, and play.
  • In our STAR Readers program, volunteers regularly read and share stories with children ages 0-5 to promote the joy of books and reading.

Special Facilities

  • Our We Read Together (WRT) Space is a welcoming space within the children’s literature department that supports early learning by offering enriching and developmentally appropriate books and furniture for young children and their families. The experiences, resources, and interactions provided by these spaces help build brain development and fuel a love of learning.
  • The KLOS Story Theater is a small scale performance space for puppet shows, storytimes, and more! This space is currently under renovation.
  • The Computer Zone provides access to digital resources and online homework help for children up to age 11.