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‘I’m in book heaven.’ How one reading specialist seeks to change lives through a new library at an L.A. County juvenile hall

“On one wall of her small classroom at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, Zoila Gallegos had set up a makeshift library, but it was never enough. Gallegos, a reading specialist with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, has worked at the juvenile lockup in Downey for the past nine years. A child of immigrants who grew up in South Los Angeles, she struggled with English and reading and with the poverty and violence in her neighborhood. She was the first in her family to graduate from high school.” (via LA Times)

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HistoricPlacesLA Catalogues Over 25,000 of L.A.’s Most Significant Buildings and Sites

“As the head of the City of Los Angeles’s historic preservation program, I’m amazed that I still sometimes get puzzled questions from people who think L.A. has no past. “Historic preservation in Los Angeles? Do you really have anything historic to preserve?” Yes, it’s true that Los Angeles came of age later than most of its East Coast or international counterparts, but it’s a city of remarkable history and architectural heritage.  And for anyone who’s still somehow unconvinced, I now have a ready retort: HistoricPlacesLA, Los Angeles Historic Resources Inventory, launched today at HistoricPlacesLA.org.” (via The Getty Iris)

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Los Angeles libraries to offer free flu shots

“Los Angeles County health officials are concerned that the public will forget about a more common potential killer — influenza. So to expand the availability of free flu vaccines, the public health department is for the first time partnering with libraries. More than 100 sites, including selected city and county libraries, are offering the vaccines beginning this week. Health officials encourage those 6 months of age and older to be vaccinated, said Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, interim health officer for the county health department.” (via LA Daily)

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LAUSD’s students need better libraries, not iPads

“Like Supt. John Deasy and others in the Los Angeles Unified School District, I am concerned about the educational civil rights of the district’s students. While the iPad-for-every-student controversy has gotten much media coverage lately, a long-term problem has gotten very little attention: the lack of equal access to a quality school library. A 19-month investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights concluded in 2011 that thousands of LAUSD students were being denied equal educational opportunities, which included libraries with sufficient books and staffing.” (via LA Times)

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Librarian Lack Limits Libraries in LAUSD

“About half of the 600 elementary and middle school libraries in the Los Angeles Unified School District are without librarians or aides, denying tens of thousands of students regular access to nearly $100 million worth of books, it was reported today. The crisis has exacerbated educational inequalities across the nation’s second-largest system as some campuses receive extra money for library staff and others don’t, the Los Angeles Times reported. It has also sparked a prolonged labor conflict with the California School Employees Association, which represents library aides.” (via KTTV)

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