Friends of the Venice Library


City Budget Cuts are being felt all over – and the Los Angeles Library is no exception.  Luckily for Venice, the organization Friends of the Venice Library steps in to help out.  Kathy from FOVL contacted Yo Venice, and we met with her last week.

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In the age of Google and eBooks, we realize that for some people, "the library" is obselete – but it really is an important component to any community.  It’s not all about borrowing books and doing research.  "The Los Angeles Public Library provides free and easy access to information, ideas, books and technology that enrich, educate and empower every individual in our city’s diverse communities."  FOVL makes sure the Venice Branch lives up to that mission statement.

FOVL does so much for the Library!

  • holds quarterly book sales – 100% donated books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs
  • organizes, assists and promotes Library events and programs – storytimes, lectures and readings by authors, art programs.
  • helps acquire equipment and materials for the Library – FOVL recently received a grant to purchase AV equipment for the Library.
  • volunteers to work at the Library – budget cuts mean job cuts.

Their next book sale is on September 13th (9am-3pm.)  These books sales generate much-needed revenue!

The Friends of the Venice library are having a GIANT book sale on Saturday, September 13 from 9am to 3pm.  Since the recent city budget cuts the Friends have had to increase their support for the library in buying supplies, new books and DVDs, and equipment.  We need to make this the most successful book sale ever!!!

Also we need donations of recently released, popular new books in good condition to add to the library collection or sell,  and of course, new members of Friends of the Library are always welcome.

They are also having a Library Open House on October 25th:

Children’s Storytime with Penney Mickelbury (Green Eggs and Ham), David Finstrom (Lost in Etchitopia: A Giggleglyph Adventure), Origami, and Venice LAFD Station 63 – fire trucks, fire safety presentation and reading to the kids. Children’s music. Adult programs – local authors reading and signing will be Gene Cartwright, Joan Del Monte, Penny Micklebury, Richard Raynor, and Lis Teasly. Venice’s own – Orson Bean and “The Paper Tree.”

The FOVL is a great organization to support – whether through donations, buying stuff at the book sales, or becoming a member.   By supporting them, you are supporting a community resource that is available to everyone.

(P.S: We had a lovely 2 hour conversation with Kathy about all kinds of other Venice-related topics.  She’s a very interesting and knowledgable woman!   Today’s post is about FOVL but there will be other posts inspired by our chat for sure.)



  1. As the Treasurer of the FoVL, I just wanted to point out that all our labor is provided by volunteers. We have no paid staff. All the money raised goes to support our Library in it’s many activities. We hope to see you on September 13 or at one of the many other events the Friend’s put on.