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.
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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
“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!
2018 LENDING LIBRARY ANNOUNCEMENT
🎉🎉🎉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
ACROSS FROM MARIACHI PLAZA STATION
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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.
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Last fall, Libros Schmibros started the Young Writers Program to inspire a new generation of writers in Boyle Heights. The program brings professional writers to the classroom to mentor students on developing their literary voices. Last fall, Abel Salas, editor of the local magazine, Brooklyn & Boyle, worked with journalism students at Roosevelt High School to revive the student newspaper. In January, they published their stories in the first print edition of The Roosevelt Rough Rider in many years.
Earlier this year, the Young Writers Program continued with two new writers, Alex Espinoza and Emory Holmes II. Alex is working with students in Ms. Williams’ English class at Roosevelt High School, and Emory is working with students in Mr. Ball’s Creative Writing class at Mendez High School. Alex has published two novels, Still Water Saints and The Five Acts of Diego Leon. He currently teaches creative writing at Cal State LA. Emory has published works of journalism and fiction in numerous publications. His crime story “aka Moises Rockafella” was included in the anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 2006. Students at Roosevelt and Mendez High Schools are enjoying learning from Alex and Emory, and are currently hard at work finishing their own stories.
We look forward to reading their work and sharing their writing with Libros Schmibros supporters.
Libros Schmibros proudly co-sponsors a reading group for parents of Roosevelt High School students. Last November, parents started reading Luis Alberto Urrea’s The Hummingbird’s Daughter, which follows the life of an extraordinary woman, Teresa Urrea, in pre-Revolutionary Mexico. They met twice a month, discussing the meaning of this epic novel and how it has changed the way they see themselves and the world.
Anji Williams, an English professor at Roosevelt High School, organizes and leads the reading group. She explained:
“Of all the beautiful things I’ve been involved in this year, I don’t know of any as gratifying as the work with the parents and Urrea’s The Hummingbird’s Daughter. In light of the current political situation, I feel that this particular group of women are empowered by the written word. It feels truly revolutionary, and, after all, at the start of a revolution, the first thing the new regime does is burn books. So here’s to reading and discussing books and ideas, and best of all, to finishing all 500+ pages of them!”
After finishing this book in March, the parent’s reading group began reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Libros Schmibros will continue to encourage reading in Boyle Heights and beyond among people of all ages!