Behind the Scenes @ Libros Schmibros! A Thank You!

Earlier this year, we wanted to show our gratitude to all the Boyle Heights folks who have made our signature programming possible with dinner and drinks.

We hosted the dinner just down the street from us at Casafina Restaurant and Cantina (we highly recommend it and it’s owned by local writer Josephina Lopez!) and enjoyed a great night of conversation! Each person also received a plaque as a thank you too!



Thank you to the following individuals who have made our signature programming possible:

– Alicia Rodriguez, Children’s Storytelling Hour

– Ceclia Avila, Children’s Storytelling Hour

– Mr. Matthew Ball, Young Writers Program

– Emory Holmes II, Young Writers Program

– Vickie Vertez, Roosevelt Parent Reading Group

– Daisy Cuellar, Roosevelt Parent Reading Group

Our signature programming includes:

– Children’s Storytelling Hour

– Young Writers Program

– Roosevelt Parent Reading Group



For more select photos, just click here to view our photo album.

In the meantime, Happy Indigenous People’s Day from Libros Schmibros!


See what free books people have picked up this Fall!

See what free books people have picked up this Fall!


Did you know? Libros Schmibros functions as a non-profit lending library.

How does it work? Just by sharing your (1) name and (2) email address, you are a Libros Schmibros member. As a Libros Schmibros member, you get to keep ‘1 free book’ your first time and from now on ‘borrow 3 books at a time’ for 30 days.



Thank you to Will, Ismael, Navyor, and KO for sharing your selections!

Follow us on Instagram at @librosschmibros to see what other books have selected!


Come to our Housewarming Party – Sunday July 29!

Come Sunday July 29th, we’re hosting our Grand Opening / Housewarming Party!

Earlier in January, we were so proud to host our soft opening.

Now we’re celebrate with food, activities, and we are honored to open the event with a benediction by Father Greg Boyle.



RSVP via our Facebook event here!

Yes, Libros has moved!
We are now directly across Boyle Avenue from Mariachi Plaza,
in our new home in the historic
Boyle Hotel

¡Sí, Libros se ha mudado!
Ahora estamos directamente en frente de Mariachi Plaza, al lado de Boyle Avenue
en nuestra nueva ubicación en el histórico
Boyle Hotel

Join us for our Housewarming
to celebrate our new space,
Sunday, July 29st from noon-6 pm,
for music, refreshments and special guests!

Acompáñanos en nuestra fiesta de inauguración
para celebrar nuestro nuevo espacio
domingo, 29 de julio de 12pm-6pm
¡con musica, comida, y invitados especiales!

Libros Schmibros reads at Extera’s Read Across America Week

Today, Libros Schmibros visited the 2nd Street location of Extera Public Schools, a tuition-free charter school in Boyle Heights, in celebration of Read Across America Week!

Invited as a guest reader for “Our Community Reads to Extera Day,” staff member Tiffany K. L. read a book in English and Spanish called Count Me In: A Parade of Mexican Folk Art Numbers in English and Spanish by Cynthia Weill (author) and by the Aguilar Sisters (illustrators). Tiffany also read Pete and the Cat and the Lost Tooth by James Dean after student requests to read another story.

We can’t wait to continue partnering with Extera teachers and parents for future collaborations, field trips, and events.

Also, it was “Crazy Hat Day” at Extera and Libros Schmibros could not compete with what the Extera students wore. Check out our Instagram Stories to see the students’ crazy hats.

#librosschmibros #exterapublicschools #readacrossamerica


Happy Lunar New Year from Libros Schmibros

Happy Lunar (Chinese) New Year from Libros Schmibros Lending Library!

Since we first opened down the street on First and Cummings, we have hung lanterns and lights to make it feel more like a home. This year, we hung a red Chinese lantern in celebration of the new lunar year.

Just one though because in our new space, the Boyle Hotel, the high ceilings made it too dangerous for library staff to hang more than one!

What other holidays or traditions should Libros Schmibros decorate for? Let us know your opinion in the comments section.




#lunarnewyear #chinesenewyear #decor #librosschmibros

Libros Schmibros ‘Young Writers Program’ comes back to Mendez High School

“Writing is not fun!” Emory Holmes jokingly declares.

Holmes, a published writer, understands writing can be hard but breaks it down (and makes it fun!) for students Mendez High School.

Over the next ten weeks, Holmes is visiting Mr. Ball’s screenwriting class as part of the fourth incarnation of Libros Schmibros: Lending Library’s #YoungWritersProgram, where Boyle Heights students learn about journalism and creative writing from published writers.

Their writing will be published at the end of the program and presented at a special event at Libros Schmibros with parents and community members in attendance.

Previously the ‘Young Writers Program’ has taken place with journalist Abel Salas at Roosevelt High School in Ms. Williams’ class, with poet Alex Espinoza at Roosevelt High School again in Ms. Williams’ class, and with Holmes at Mendez High School in Mr. Ball’s class.
Big thanks to Mr. Ball and his class! We can’t wait to see what the students publish!

#boyleheights #youngwritersprogram #mendezhs #librosschmibros

We’re open on Wednesdays!



🎉🎉🎉More hours! We’re happy to announce we’re open on Wednesdays now too. This is part of our constant goal to serve our community. Please stay tuned for more announcements and programming! 🎉🎉🎉

See you on Wednesdays!


New Library Hours:

Wednesday through Sunday

12PM to 6PM

103 North Boyle Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90033


#librosschmibros #boyleheights #literacy #books #libros


2017 soft opening to celebrate the holidays and our new location

Thank you to everyone who stopped by for a sneak preview of what our new space has to offer.

We had over 200 people stop by to check out books — that’s twice as many people at our old location!


We have some more big news regarding programming and services! Stay tuned.

#librosschmibros #newlocation #boyleheights