Fall 2012 Book Sale

The Friends will sponsor a book sale at the Chinatown Library on Saturday 27 October 2012 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the library community room. Come and find a book to help you learn more.


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!


Measure L, the Public Library Funding Charter Amendment, on the March 8, 2011 ballot will increase the Los Angeles Public Library's share of existing city funds.

Measure L will increase the Library's responsibility for its direct and indirect costs until the Library pays for all of these costs, which include utilities, building maintenance, and other costs for operation.

Measure L will provide additional funds to:

  • help restore 6-day service at all libraries and eventually 7-day service at 9 neighborhood libraries,

  • purchase books and

  • support library programs including after-school/summer youth, student homework help, adult literacy and job search programs.

Measure L is NOT A NEW TAX and its funds are subject to audits. Measure L will increase the Library's Charter-required funding from the current 0.0175% up to a maximum of 0.300% of each $100 of assessed tax value on LA city property. Measure L will increase the Library's share of existing city funds. But the Library's share will still be less than 1/3 of 1% of the city funds.

To pass, Measure L requires a simple majority (50% +1) of votes. If approved by voters, new funding could be available as early as July 2011. The Friends support Measure L and ask you to Vote YES on Measure L on March 8, 2011.


In the 2010-11 budget for the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Public Library received approximately 3 percent of the city's funds. The Library system has endured deep cuts in both staff retained and number of hours opened to the public. Volunteers are needed to help ease the workload for the staff. As a volunteer, you would serve the library's community and help to keep young people inside a learning center rather than outside on the streets. This is also a good opportunity to learn more about a possible career as a librarian.

The library is asking for volunteers to help on a long term basis. Library staff are willing to train a volunteer who is reliable and intends to stay longer than just a few weeks. If you are interested in learning about library work and you would like to volunteer at the Chinatown Branch Library, please call 213-620-0925 or you may visit the Chinatown Branch Library located at 639 North Hill Street during the hours shown above. Ask to speak with the Branch Manager about volunteer work.

BOOKS SALE 2009-10

Due to the popularity of the Semi-Annual Books Sale at the Chinatown Branch Library, books sales will be held the first and third Saturdays of each month. Call the Library staff for specific hours and details.

Books Sale on June 13, 2009

Semi-annual Books Sale on Sat 13 June 2009, call library for information.

booksale Jun 09


January 2008

(Caldecott Medal Winner will be announced at ALA Midwinter 1/11-16, 2008)

From Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008

Exhibit of Caldecott titles in Lobby Display Case #1.

Exhibit of Leo Politi’s Caldecott medal with a special focus on Leo Politi’s books (collection of Dr. William Chun-Hoon) in Lobby Display Case #2

Exhibit of winners of the Leo Politi Award Books from California Authors in Lobby Display Case #3.

Exhibit of Leo Politi’s artwork, collection of Dr. William Chun-Hoon in the Meeting Room on Fri. Jan. 11 – Sat. Jan. 12, 2008.

February 2008

Chinese New Year Celebrations Starts February 7, 2008

Exhibit of some of Leo Politi’s artwork on Chinatown community from Fri. Feb. 8 – Sat. Feb. 9. Members of the Politi family and volunteers from our branch will be overseeing the exhibit on the Meeting Room on both days.

A reading by Mary Joe, the original Moy Moy to the children followed by a craft activity by GAB volunteer Margie Lew on making a fantastic Chinese Dragon out of beads, pipe cleaners, and curling ribbon. Wed. Feb. 13, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

April 2008

National Library Week, April 15 – 19, 2008

Author Ann Stalcup to discuss her book
Leo Politi: Artist of the Angels with 4th graders during class visits to the library. Includes a slide presentation on Leo Politi.

National Library Week Celebration

Community Leader and Friend of the Chinatown Library, Dr. William Chun-Hoon will conduct a PowerPoint presentation on
Moy Moy and Mr. Fong’s Toy Shop, followed by a tour of the various points of interest in Chinatown that are mentioned in the books. An extended tour with additional costs for lunch is also available. This program is open to 5th grade classes. By appointments only. Please contact our Information Desk at (213) 620-9937.

November 2008

Exhibit of other Leo Politi’s artwork, to be selected by the Politi family in our Meeting Room on Fri, Oct. 31 – Sat, Nov. 1.

November 7, 2008

At 11:00 AM, Mary Yan Joe will read
Moy Moy, her true life story set in Chinatown's Chung King Road during the community's celebration of Chinese New Year.

November 8, 2008

At 11:00 AM, Gim Fong's daughter, Kelly Kawashima, will read
Mr. Fong's Toy Shop. This is a delightful story of the Gim Fong, the owner of the toy store, and the children of Chinatown during a Moon Festival. Paul and Suzanne, both children of Leo Politi, will greet Senator Carol Liu who will present two award winning children's books by Leo Politi, to Shan Liang, the Chinatown Library Branch Manager.

November 21, 2008

At 11:00 AM, we will celebrate the life of author and artist Leo Politi on his 100th birthday with a program in our Meeting Room (please note change in time, previously scheduled at 3:00 PM).

We will have a readings of Leo Politi's award winning book Song of the Swallows .

Special guests will share their personal stories about Leo Politi.

A craft activity related to birds will be presented by Margie Lew.

Birthday Refreshments will be provided to celebrate Leo Politi's 100th birthday.

All funding for programs generously provided by Friends of the Chinatown Library and Pandacare.

Seek LAPL’s Public Relations support with publicity materials and Staff Facts including other media support.

Prepared by Carol Duan, Former Branch Manager, Chinatown Branch; Revised by Fleur Fong on 10-27-08.

December 6, 2008


A Message from Carol Duan, Former Chinatown Branch Manager: "A Toast to Our Friends!"

Thirty wonderful years have arrived and we send our gratitude for your loyal support of the Chinatown Branch Library. We have accomplished much as different entities, yet our shared vision has helped millions of patrons of all ages.

"Here is to friendship: One soul in two bodies"

We look forward to more years of enhancing library services in Chinatown. Our energetic, creative staff and friends are serving a city with emerging needs. We wish to sustain our outreach services, maintain various collections and meet new challenges. Your support of three endowments, Children's Books and Programs, Chinese Heritage Collection, Homework Center, and other Areas of Greatest Need will further our mission. Some current highlights include:

  • major upgrade of our children's hardback fiction and DVD/Books on Tape

  • continued support of our growing Chinese Heritage Collection

  • increase the popular Citizenship and Examination and Language materials

  • preschool literacy and high school and college success for teens

  • support of two bilingual Homework Center Assistants

As the second busiest branch library welcomes the thousands of users through its doors daily, your continued support of any of the above areas will collectively bring the best of library services to a deserving community. Together, we do make a difference!

"Here is a toast to the future, A toast to the past, And a toast to our friends, far and near.

May the future be pleasant; the past a bright dream; May our friends remain faithful and dear."

Quoted from "10,000 Jokes, Toasts and Stories," edited by Lewis & Faye Copeland

You are welcome to come visit the newest building in Chinatown, the Chinatown Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library located at 639 North Hill Street. The new beautiful building was completed on February 6, 2003 after 26 years of working toward this goal. The community and the Friends helped in this enormous project. The new library building is filled with natural light flowing from the large windows. The librarians and staff members are very friendly and helpful. We appreciate their dedication to help people in the community.

To learn more about the Chinatown Branch Library on the internet, go to their link at The Los Angeles Public Library

Updated 03/15/2016