Library Shines in La Jolla Christmas Parade


La Jolla Riford Library staff and volunteers marched in the 61st annual La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival on Sunday, December 2nd . Pushing festively adorned book carts and even accompanied by a storybook character (the Gingerbread man), representatives proudly dressed in their Christmas best and demonstrated enthusiasm for the library as they wove from one sunny, spectator-lined street to the next.

Recognizing many faces in the crowd, Angie Stava, the Youth Services librarian exclaimed, “This is so much fun!” Branch Manager Shaun Briley, alongside his young sons, waived while the announcer entreated the public to come check out the latest happenings at the library, including one of the 100,000 books on the shelves.

From Girard Avenue to Prospect Street, La Jolla Riford Library drew countless smiles as one of the parade's 80 entrants.


Best-Selling Author Susan Orlean kicks off Book Tour


In Senegal, it’s said when someone dies, "his/her library has burned.” This expression, Susan Orlean revealed, encapsulates everything she aimed to convey in her latest novel. During "The Library Book" reading and signing hosted by Warwick's at La Jolla-Riford Library on October 18th, the New York Times best-selling author discussed what drove her to write about an event largely overlooked in history—the mysterious 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library. In an effort to examine the fire that desecrated hundreds of thousands of books, "The Library Book" explores the entire history of the L.A. Public Library, the colorful characters once employed there, and how the library functions daily, all connected to the idea that libraries have a particular resonance for everyone. On Thursday, Orlean shared a passage recalling precious library outings with her own mother as a child, a testament to the library’s role as “Immortal Memory Holder.” The library beckons stories and promises stories in return, she said, which is perhaps why the burning of books feels unequivocally wrong, and why, certainly, libraries do matter.

Library represented at the Art and Wine Festival


Library homework coach, David Gak, was among many volunteers who made the library booth at the annual Art and Wine festival a huge success. The library was offering 3D printing, button making and there were even books available to checkout with our mobile library. Thanks to generous sponsors Gepettos, for providing our booth right on the corner of Wall Street and Girard Ave.






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