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The Friends of the Chinatown Library is a voluntary organization to help the Chinatown Branch Library of the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) system. We provide volunteers and funds to support activities and to purchase materials. Our mission is threefold: (1) Develop community awareness of public use of library materials and services. (2) Raise funds for capital improvement, additional technology, services, reading materials and equipment. (3) Promote education, recreation and cultural programs for the immediate and extended community.

Our board meetings are normally held on the third Tuesday of each month from September through June. We also host special events every other month. For more information, click

What is new with the Friends of the Chinatown Library for 2015?
The Annual Scholarship Award Dinner Honored the Legacy of Dolores Wong

The legacy of Dolores Wong, one of the original founders of the Chinatown Library and Friends, was honored at the 30th Annual Scholarship Award Dinner held on June 5, 2015, click Events to read tributes to her life and work. The Friends will miss Dolores greatly, but we will continue the trail she blazed to support the Chinatown Library.

The Friends of the Chinatown Library awarded scholarships to 20 college-bound seniors who are Chinatown Branch Library users and Los Angeles Public Library users for their first year of college. The Awards banquet was held on June 5, 2015 in Chinatown, Los Angeles. The Friends have awarded these scholarships for 30 years. The Friends also presented 9 awards to graduates from Evans Community Adult School. In the last 30 years, the Friends of the Chinatown Library awarded scholarships to 288 high school students, 85 adult school students, and 6 graduate school students. Patty Kao, Friends Board member, was the entertaining Mistress of Ceremonies. Speakers included John Szabo, City Librarian and Ken Brecher of the Library Foundation of LA. William Chun-Hoon, Marshall Wong, and Ruby Ling Louie delivered tributes to honor the legacy of Dolores Wong. The Awards Presentation Speakers were Barbara June, Yvonne Nishio, Nahyeli Lopez, Susan Dickson, and William Huang. Mike Fong from LA Community College closed the Friends program. The Friends would like to thank all the participants and committee members who made this scholarship award dinner such a successful event! To learn more about this year's scholarship winners, click onto

The last board meeting was held in June 2015. The Friends handled unfinished business before adjourning for the summer. If you are interested in joining our board or volunteering your services, we welcome you to come to our meetings starting in the fall semester. To learn more and/or to become a member, click

The 2015-16 school year will start FOCL’s year as well. The FOCL board and Library staff will meet the third Tuesday of each month, starting September 15, 2015. We meet from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in the Chinatown Library Community Room, click on
Library for address and phone number.


We would like to thank all of the people who voted "YES" on Measure L. This is an historic moment in LA history where a majority of voters, 63.3%, have come together to voice their opinion that the city libraries are valuable assets to the people of LA. Hip! Hip! Hooray!


The Friends of the Chinatown Library support Measure L for L.A. City Libraries. Measure L will restore library hours and services with NO New Taxes. More Library Hours will keep our young people off the streets and inside libraries to learn from books and various media. The Friends ask you to vote "YES" on Measure L on March 8, 2011. For more information, click