How To Celebrate National Book Lovers Day In LA
Let's face it — there’s nothing like a good book. It can teach you something new, challenge your beliefs, and transport you to new worlds. And, in current times, reading is simply a soothing activity for your mind after a stressful day.
If that resonates, then Tuesday is the day for you. It's National Book Lovers Day, and we've put together some tips on how to celebrate your love of literature and make the most of L.A's vibrant book offerings.
Support Local Independent Bookstores
Yes, you can buy online, but there's something special about visiting a book store and losing track of time perusing the shelves. And you can get expert help, right there.
Similar to how farmers market vendors know their produce better than anyone, bookstore employees know their inventory so well you can get a personalized recommendation.
Katie Orphan, the bookstore manager for Chevalier’s Books in Larchmont Village, loves helping people find the right book.
“Talking about books, listening to people tell me what it is they like, I come up with a recommendation that, hopefully, is just right for them,” Orphan said.
While some people enjoy the convenience of downloading digital books on their phones, Orphan argues there's still an appeal to buying physical copies of books.
“As a physical item and in your bookshelf, it is a signifier of your interests and your intellect,” Orphan said. “Screen fatigue is another aspect of a book’s appeal. Especially over the last few years, people have been staring at their screen or their TV all day, so having something to rest their eyes is a big change of pace.”
Alex Maslansky, bookstore manager and partner of Stories Books & Cafe in Echo Park, loves being involved in the book trade and believes physical books have an inherent advantage over their digital counterparts.
“I love being involved in the trade of ideas, there is no other retail product quite like a book,” Maslansky said. “Any physical object is bound to have a bigger footprint on your psyche. There’s just a simple tactile joy of flipping through pages.”
If you want to get your hands on a new or used book today, here are eight independent bookstores you can visit.
133 N Larchmont Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90004
Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Stories Books and Cafe
1716 W Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026
Hours: Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St — Ground Floor Los Angeles, CA 90013
Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
1818 N. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027
Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
695 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101
Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Eso Won Books
4327 Degnan Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90008
Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Libros Schmibros Lending Library
103 N Boyle Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Children’s Book World
10580 ½ W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064
Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
8818 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069
Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Other Books, Comics, and Zines
2006 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tuesday through Sunday From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bel Canto Books
2122 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
Tuesday through Sunday From 11 a.m to 7 p.m.
Participate In A Little Free Library
If your bookshelves are already over capacity or your budget is a little tight, try visiting one of the many free book exchanges across the city. These cute covered wooden bookshelves, usually in someone's front yard, are open to anyone to take a book, or leave a book.
The grassroots movement is organized by the nonprofit Little Free Library, which says on its website “by providing greater, more equitable book access in neighborhoods worldwide, we work to strengthen communities and influence literacy outcomes.”
You can find the mini-library nearest you using their browser map or mobile app.
If you want to go a step further and create your own, the website has a complete guide to get you started, including steps to identify a legal and safe location, how to build or purchase one, and tips for spreading the word about your neighborhood's new addition.
Spend The Afternoon At A Public Library
We all know that most of Southern California in August is unbearably hot. Unless you are by the coast, there isn’t much of an escape from the heat beating down on you throughout the day.
One way to beat the heat and express your inner bookworm is by spending the afternoon at one of the 72 Los Angeles Public Library branches.
Of course, there's always the grand dame of them all, the Central Library downtown. If you get burnt out from reading pages upon pages of your favorite graphic novel or romance book, the Central Library offers tours of its amazing architecture and has various exhibits to explore, too.