Palisades Branch Public Library
861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 459-2754 telephone
For COVID-19 information please visit https://www.lapl.org/reopening.
Mon: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tues: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Weds: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thurs: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fri: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sat: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Upcoming Library Programs:
Children's Writing Contest
Thursday, October 6, 4:00 p.m., Library Patio
Bill and Christine return to perform the winning stories.
All participants will receive McConnell's Ice Cream vouchers.
Entrants will be contacted by email with details about the October 6 event.
Thanks for entering!!
Pacific Palisades Library Association
Statement Regarding Homelessness and Patron Safety
The board of directors of the Pacific Palisades Library Association (The Friends of the Library) devoted its August quarterly board meeting on August 9 and a subsequent follow-up meeting on August 23 to discuss the concerns raised by community members regarding homelessness and library patron safety.
At its August 9 meeting, the board heard in person and through written statements from community members who shared their concerns regarding the impact of unhoused individuals who live outside the library. Those who provided informational background for the Friends board included Barbara Kohn from the Pacific Palisades Community Council, Senior Lead Officer Brian Espin from the Los Angeles Police Department, and Sharon Kilbride and Nancy Klopper from the Pacific Palisades Taskforce on Homelessness (PPTFH).
Senior Lead Officer Espin provided insights on the enforcement of existing ordinances related to loitering and the recently passed amendment to Municipal Code 41.18, which will ban homeless encampments within 500 feet of schools and takes effect September 18. The board was informed of the limits on its ability to force actions by either the LAPD or to hire private security guards to patrol library property. Officer Espin indicated that the LAPD is awaiting direction from its legal counsel as it relates to enforcement of the ordinance, which may be amended further to include library property. In any case, enforcement will be the responsibility of the LAPD and not the library staff or Friends of the Library.
The presentations also included details on the work of PPTFH, which provides resources to address homelessness in Pacific Palisades so that the community is protected and remains safe while homeless people receive compassionate, effective services as well as access to permanent supportive housing.
At its August 23 meeting, the board of The Friends of the Library voted to take the following action:
• Contribute $10,000 to the PPTFH to support a new Clinical Case Worker position that the PPTFH is in the process of recruiting. This experienced clinician will focus on providing services to the homeless in Pacific Palisades, particularly those who are service resistant. The $10,000 pledge is contingent upon the hiring of the new Clinical Case Worker and will be funded from unrestricted gifts to The Friends, not from membership dues or book-sale proceeds. This funding commitment is intended to signal The Friends’ desire to be part of the solution to our local homeless crisis while also affirming the distinct and proper roles of our local community organizations. The pledge is also intended to fulfill the Friends’ mission of fostering good will and understanding between the library and the community.
Increase efforts to keep the Palisades Library and its grounds clear of trash, debris and other waste. A local professional landscaping company has agreed to regularly report any incidence of hazardous waste so that library staff can have it promptly and properly removed. The board also discussed additional environmental and landscaping options to keep the entry to the library as welcoming and safe as possible. These efforts are in keeping with The Friends’ mission of enhancing development and operation of the library facilities.
Encourage community members to report any health and safety issues related to the Palisades Library to the proper authorities. Library patrons should report concerns to the library staff. If illegal activity is observed or suspected, it should also be reported to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The board also re-committed The Friends to funding programs and resources that will maintain the Palisades Library as a vibrant hub of community activity. Since the library’s reopening earlier this year, The Friends reopened the patio bookstore, organized a Community Open House in May, and supported numerous programs, including the Children’s Writing Contest, which is open for entries until September 6. The group also funds the Palisades Reads program, which will return for its fourth year this fall.
“As an all-volunteer organization, we rely on the community’s continued support and good will,” said Laura Schneider, president of The Friends. “We have sincerely appreciated the community’s input as we have worked to address the complex issue of homelessness. While solving this problem is well outside the scope of the Friends’ mission, we do hope our actions as an organization will be a step in the direction of uniting the Palisades as a thoughtful and compassionate community.”
Ongoing Library Programs:
BABY AND TODDLER STORYTIME Due to the structure of this storytime, please show courtesy by being on time! Lap-sit (or not!) storytime for babies and toddlers and their grown-ups to share together. One child, one lap, please. For ages under 36 months.
FAMILY STORYTIME Suggested for ages 3 and up. Stories, fingerplays, rhymes: building reading skills while having fun!
MINDFULNESS MEDITATION Wednesdays from 6:00-6:30 p.m. starting June 26. We invite you to enjoy a pause in the day to refresh yourself by simply sitting and paying attention to your senses, thoughts and feelings. Learn about Mindfulness and how it may relieve stress in your life. Stay for 5 minutes or the entire 30-minute session. Presented by Natalie Bell, Mindful Wellness consultant.
MOVIES are shown at the Library on Saturdays twice a month at 1:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. Please bring a sweater or jacket as the room can be cool!
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC. ADA ACCOMODATIONS UPON REQUEST. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 310-459-2754.
Please click on the link to the Los Angeles Public Library Palisades Branch website for upcoming library programs: