Welcome!

Please use the tabs to find information about upcoming virtual programs for each age group! Some programs require pre-registration. 

If you need any assistance signing up for or accessing programs, please call the PVLD Reference Phone and leave a voicemail at (310) 377-9584 x601. A librarian will return your call shortly.

 

We Browse For You

Our librarians can help you find your next read! Complete this form and our librarians will place titles on hold for you, just like your own personal book concierge! 

This form is for general subject or genre requests. Librarians will review your requests, and place recommended titles on hold for you. Once your items are ready to pick up you will be notified, and you can pick items up through our curbside holds pickup service. 

If you have a specific title or need advice on what to read next please call 310-377-9584, press 4 for Young Readers or press 5 for Adult Services. Leave a message and a librarian will return your call.

Visit www.pvld.org to place item holds.

 

Discover your next favorite recipe in the community cookbook. Created by community members during PVLD Summer Reading Program 2020, this eclectic collection of recipes has something for everyone.  www.pvld.org/cookbook

Preschool Fun

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

For Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Join the "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" reading challenge! Read 1000 books to your child before your child enters kindergarten in our year-round reading challenge. Track your reading and earn prizes along the way! Get started here.

 

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ABCs and 123s: Mini Storytimes... On Demand!

Thursdays at 10am on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube

Watch your favorite librarians anytime! These fun-filled, bite-sized storytimes might get silly, but they support school readiness with fun songs, stories, rhymes, and even some quick science and math tips! A new storytime airs each Thursday at 10am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author Talks, Lectures, and More!

Text on colorful painted background. Text reads: 2021 Annual Palos Verdes Library District Community Art Show Call for Entries, September 1 - 25.

Each fall, the Palos Verdes Library District holds our Annual Community Art Show, inviting local artists, professional and amateurs alike, to participate. This year, we're excited to host the Community Art Show at the Peninsula Center Library as our first in-person event since March 2020.

Typically featuring almost 100 artists from around the Peninsula and the larger Los Angeles community, our Community Art Shows include artists of all backgrounds and experience levels. Pieces include many media forms such as photography, painting, collage, and sculpture.

For more information, visit our Community Art Show Page!


Veterans' Voices

Everyone has a story and we want to capture yours! The Palos Verdes Library District invites you to share stories of your military service in a radio-style interview.

Register today!


Frank A. Vanderlip and WWI: The Impact of the War on His Career and the Local Harbor Community

Saturday, September 25 @ 10 AM Via Zoom

Join us for this special lecture about the PV Peninsula's founder Frank A. Vanderlip by James MacLellan, former Director of Trade Development for the Port of Los Angeles.

Register today!


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Conversation Starter: Let's Talk About Race -- The Jigsaw Puzzle

Saturday, October 2, 10 AM - 12 PM Via Zoom

We're all a piece of the jigsaw puzzle of society and this 2-hour dialogue with Marymount California University Professor Carlos Royal will highlight concepts and ways we can work together to move forward in reducing prejudice and bias to complete our puzzle.

Carlos Royal, Associate Professor of Sociology, has been teaching at Marymount California University for almost 14 years. His current courses include Race, Class, and Gender, Research Methods, Statistics, Introduction to Sociology, and Global City: Los Angeles. As the last class implies, he loves L.A. The City of Los Angeles is the focus of his research interest (with special emphasis in race and gender). He uses Los Angeles as the foundation in many of his courses and leads a tour of L.A. for students every semester. Most recently, he took a group of students to Bruce’s Beach, a beach in Manhattan Beach that was Black owned and operated. Carlos is a devoted traveler and has traveled with students to London and Cuba. He has been voted Faculty Member of the Year four times by the student body and Educator of the Year by his faculty colleagues.

“Conversation Starters” is a series from PVLD’s BUILD team whose mission is to foster the District's shared values of service, public stewardship, and education to create an inclusive environment for staff and the community. To find out more about BUILD and their work, visit pvld.org/build

Register today!


Maize: Food Lecture

Maize: the life force of the Americas

Food Lecture with Maite Gomez-Rejon from @ArtBites

Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 7pm - 8pm, via Zoom

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Discover the rich and complex history of maize, the life force of the Americas, with Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites in this interactive demonstration while you prepare Memelas with Black Beans, Mushrooms and Zucchini. Register for this event. Pick up ingredients to make your own memelas at home from any PVLD library while supplies last.  

Maite Gomez-Rejón is the founder of ArtBites. She has dedicated her career to exploring the nexus of art and culinary history through lectures, cooking classes, and tastings presented in museums and universities across the country and through videos on her YouTube channel – ArtBites: Cooking Art History. Maite has a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Grande Diplome from the French Culinary Institute in New York City. She has been a guest on the Today Show, featured in Food & Wine magazine and Hyperallergic, and interviewed on KCRW's Good Food, NPR's Splendid Table and the BBC’s The Food Programme. She is also a contributor to Life & Thyme, Eaten Magazine, Gastro Obscura and other publications. Her essay, “Mexico's Early Cookbooks,” appears in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History.

Register today!


Pedal PV

PVLD's Local History Center is frequently visited by patrons interested in learning about the history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. With the closure of our library facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, archivist and local history librarian Monique Sugimoto is bringing our community history to you with the "Pedal PV" vlog. Each episode brings a slice of Peninsula history and ranges from the natural and built environment to our social history. The Peninsula's history is fascinating - whether you bike, walk or jog. Join us on YouTube.

Episode 1: Tour de PV

Episode 2: Cliffs and Recreation

Episode 3: Peacock Spotting

Episode 4: Peninsula Military Front

Episode 5: Higher Ed on the Hill?

Episode 6: Our First Communities

Episode 7: To the Lighthouses

Episode 8: Our Japanese Farming Community

Episode 9: Horses on the Hill

Episode 10: Open Space

 

Virtual Book Clubs

          Virtual Book Club

Next meeting:

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 @ 11am on Zoom
Reading: The Mexican Flyboy by Alfredo Véa Jr.

Register once, attend book club meetings January - September 2021:  

Register for book club meetings

Questions? Contact Lessa at llozada@pvld.org

 


 

Miraleste Library Virtual Book Club, 2nd Saturday of each month at 1:00pm via zoom

Next meeting:

September 11, 2021 @ 1pm on Zoom
Reading: The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

Check out the annual reading list here: https://www.pvld.org/bookclubs/mbc

Register once, attend book club meetings August 2021 - August 2022:

Questions? Contact Eve at EWittenmyer@pvld.org


For more information on live and DIY book clubs, visit:

pvld.org/bookclubs