to come to Libros Schmibros’ 4th aniversario (and help make sure we live to see plenty more!)

Don’t you hate it when your favorite public radio station or political organization Caballerosends you emails threatening dire consequences if you don’t MAKE YOUR TAX-DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION TODAY!

And don’t you love how your favorite Boyle Heights lending library, Libros Schmibros, has never practiced that kind of good-hearted extortion?

Well, um… How can I put this? Running a lending library isn’t as lucrative as it sounds. Thank you so much for making Libros a success these last four years — getting books, making donations, and becoming members. Because of your openheartedness, we’ve circulated over 12,000 good books in Boyle Heights and beyond, and reached more than 17,000 people.

4th Aniversario flyerThat’s why Mayor Garcetti’s office has decided to recognize Libros Schmibros in a special ceremony on Mariachi Plaza in the middle of our Aniversario next Sunday, Aug. 10. It’s not the key to the city — that’s what books are. But it’s a tremendous validation of everything we’ve done together these last four years. What else would you expect from a Rhodes Scholar?

And we’re not through yet. We’ve applied for a grant from the Goldhirsh Foundation to field a fleet of Bicycle Libraries. Don’t be surprised if you hear a little more about this at the Aniversario, and again on September 2, when we start hounding you to vote for us online. You can see our video online now here, and we’d sure be pleased if you’d comment and get the conversation started. *


But no grant is guaranteed, and lending libraries don’t live by grants alone. That’s why I’m not only inviting you to come to our Aniversario on — August 10 from 3-6 — but also finally asking you to hit that irresistible PayPal button down there at the bottom and increase your support for Libros. As our first $300 member said, “It’s not as if you guys spend it on the furniture.”

Nope, we just stay open as many days a week as we can and welcome the city to our shelves. If you’re not a member, please join now. If you’re already a member, thank you, and please consider renewing — or even re-upping for next year at a higher level. Think about a gift of $35, $100, $300, or more, and make it possible for Libros to keep hand-lending good books to neighbors near and far.

Remember: Helping Libros is good for the circulation. Did I really just say that?

Make a Donation to Libros Schmibros


David Kipen,
Founder, Libros Schmibros Lending Library

1711 Mariachi Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90033

“Los Angeles is like your brain. You only ever use 20% of it. But imagine if we used it all.”


*  Help us spread the word on social media, and use the hashtag: #bicyclelibraries .