Beat the Heat at the Library!

Tina Lernø, Librarian, Digital Content Team,
This drawing, by Valley Times staff artist Bob Hyde depicts a "hot" dog suffering during the hot Nevada summer.
Heat's on for "pooch cooler." Drawing by Valley Times staff artist Bob Hyde, [1961]. Valley Times Collection

It's another So Cal scorcher, and you really need somewhere cool to go. Why don't you head over to your local library? We have 73 locations around Los Angeles that function as cooling centers.

Here are five cool things you can do at your library to beat the heat.

  1. Pick a quiet corner and read. All branches have daily newspapers and magazines as well as plenty of books to while away the hours.
  2. Watch movies. Our libraries show current feature films every day. Or, you can always bring in a laptop or tablet and use the library's free Wi-Fi to access movies on Kanopy or Hoopla.
  3. Research your roots. Did you know we have genealogy databases for researching your family tree? Some databases can be accessed from your home computer, but a few like must be accessed at the library.
  4. Learn something new. The library has so many interesting and informative programs. You can take up yoga, listen to a lecture, watch an amazing performance, or become financially fit. To learn a new skill online; bring your headphones and access for free.
  5. Create something fun. Get your craft on at the library. Make some art, relax and craft, have some science fun, or even play some games.

Whatever you choose to do, it will be in blissful air-conditioned comfort!

Hot Weather Tips

Summer months bring fun, sun, and heat! Sometimes, the heat can become dangerous, especially for children, pets, people who work outside, and people with certain health conditions. Staying safe in high heat is important. Check out these tips from the City of L.A., as well as additional cooling center locations.

  • Drink plenty of cool water! Stay hydrated.
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing that will keep you cool. Wear sunscreen and a hat for protection.
  • Check on neighbors who might be vulnerable to the heat, especially those without air conditioning.
  • Never leave children or pets in a car—not even for one minute. Temperatures inside a car can quickly skyrocket to deadly levels.
  • If you work or play outside, take frequent breaks to hydrate and cool off in the shade.
  • Don't forget the pets! Keep pets indoors if possible. If kept outside, give them plenty of water and shade to rest in.
  • Symptoms of heat-related illness include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention.