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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 Wednesday 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 Chinatown Library for 2017?

The Friends hosted their 32nd Annual Scholarship Award Dinner on Friday 16 June 2017 at the Golden Dragon Restaurant in Chinatown, Los Angeles. A total of 26 scholarships were awarded to 14 high school seniors and 12 Evans Adult School graduates to help finance their first year in college/university. To view the list of donors and scholarship recipients for 2017, click on Scholarships.

Dr. William Chun-Hoon, former principal at Castelar Elementary School, delivered a speech to remember the services of five departed Friends: Lupe Chee, Fred Gong, Alice Joe, Tyrus Wong, and Beth Woo. To learn more about these people and how they served the Chinatown community, click on
Events. Click on Founders for Beth Woo's eulogy and on Events for Fred Gong's biography.

LA Weekly Magazine rated the Chinatown Branch Library #3 of 10 of the best libraries in Los Angeles. The Friends congratulate the library staff on this awesome honor; to read more, click

The last Friends Board meeting was held on June 21, 2017 where President Danee Prasert thanked the members for working to make this a successful year. The Friends will take a rest and resume on September 20, 2017 to start activities for the new school year. We hope you relax and enjoy the summer.

Updated 07/08/2017