Friday Preview Book Sales for Member of Friends of The San Pedro Library only. Fridays 2-5 p.m.
Saturdays 11-4 p.m. open to the public.
We also have our own store within the Library which is open Monday-Saturday from 1-5 p.m.
You may join the Friends Group at any of the Book Sales or contact the Branch Librarian.
Donations accepted during book store and book sale hours.
2014 Book Sale dates:
|Fri. Jan. 3||Sat. Jan. 4|
|Fri. Jan. 31||Sat. Feb. 1|
|Fri. Feb. 28||Sat. Mar. 1|
|Fri. Apr. 4||Sat. Apr. 5|
|Fri. May 2||Sat. May 3|
|Fri. Jun. 6||Sat. Jun. 7|
|Fri. Jul. 11||Sat. Jul. 12|
|Fri. Aug. 1||Sat. Aug. 2|
|Fri. Sep. 5||Sat. Sep. 6|
|Fri. Oct. 3||Sat. Oct. 4|
|Fri. Oct. 31||Sat. Nov. 1|
|Fri. Dec. 5||Sat. Dec. 6|
Contact Us at
Library Tel: 310-548-7779
931 S. Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
Freida Lee Mock's "G-Dog" ...
San Pedro's "Dance Lady" waltzes ...
San Pedro Library's 125th Anniversary ...
Poets, Poets, We Have Poets! ...
San Pedro Friends Welcome Patt Morrison ...
Councilman Joe Buscaino ...
March 3, 2014
Origami Class with Doris Scott: Every third Saturday of the month.
“Nothing stops a bullet like a job.” the motto of Father Gregory Boyle and his crew over at Homeboy Industries where former gang members are getting a second chance at life through their comprehensive, non-profit, rehabilitation program.
The Friends of San Pedro Library gathered at the Grand Annex Theater on January 26 to watch the documentary, G-Dog, by Oscar winning director Freida Lee Mock on Father Boyle’s organization. The full capacity crowd, which included guests from Beacon House, gathered in the somberly lit theater room for what would be an eye-opening experience for many of them. The documentary details Father Boyle’s journey from pastor to champion of the gang members of Los Angeles and the struggles of maintaining such a charitable institution.
In the film, we are introduced to many of Father Boyle’s “homies” whom he and his organization have redirected away from gang life. Homeboy Industries helps these gang members in a variety of ways by removing their tattoos, giving them leadership positions as Home Boy Industries tour guides or as waiters serving at the Home Girl Cafe. Additionally, anger management and substance abuse classes are available for those who need these services.
Yet, as G-Dog points out, Homeboy Industries' provision of free services to gang members means more money is going out than coming in. As a result, the organization laid off 300 workers in 2011 even as Father Boyle and his crew continue to show resilience in the face of monetary adversity. They work tirelessly to raise money to keep Homeboy Industries from going under. G-Dog ends on a positive note, however, with former gang members, called "homies," speaking of their gratitude to Father Boyle and the organization for guiding them down the right path.
At the film's conclusion, the audience applauded loudly. The host then brought up one of the "homies" featured in the documentary, Fabian Debora. Mr. Debora, an artist and former drug abuser, was facing four years in jail at age 17 when he came to Father Boyle for help. He has since turned his life around and as he says, "dropped the spray can for the paint brush." Mr. Debora showed slides of his art work, influenced by themes of Chicano art, his travels, interests and influences. For example, his "Madre Frida" depicts the Virgin Mary as Frida Kahlo and "Street Heights" shows street signs familiar to him in the East Los Angeles area. After the slide show, Mr. Debora answered questions from the audience, emphasizing the fiscal problems facing Homeboy Industries. Of his personal experiences with Homeboy Industries, Mr. Debora placed stress on his belief that "building relationships within a community" was the only way to stop rampant crime. At the conclusion of the his conversation with the audience, Mr. Debora was met with a standing ovation. People quickly gathered around him to talk face to face and to shake his hand.
Debora showed slides of his art work to the crowd, talking about his travels, interests and influences, highlighting the origins of his art work. Art pieces titled “Madre Frida” depicting the virgin Mary as Frida Calo and “Street Heights” showing multiple street signs from places he knew of in Los Angeles highlighted what he called the theme of his Chicano art and depicted his upbringing as he described. After the slideshow Debora took questions from the audience talking about the state of Homeboy Industries and the help they need. His overwhelming message was “Building relationships within a community” as the only way to stop rampant crime. At the conclusion of the Q&A, Debora was met with a standing ovation and people quickly gathered to talk to him face to face and shake his hand.
All proceeds from the tickets sales were fully donated to Homeboy Industries and donations were also taken at the conclusion of the event. Father Gregory Boyle’s organization may not be prospering at the moment but as Debora pointed out, with a little help we can help end the vicious cycle of poverty and crime. -- Wesley Dugle
All branch libraries will be open on Sundays starting January 12, 2014. Regular Sunday hours will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Thanks voters! The restoration of these hours was made possible by voter-approved Measure L which was passed in March of 2011. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony with refreshments and special programs at each of the libraries so come to the San Pedro Library on Sunday, January 12th at 12:30 p.m. and celebrate the reopening of Sundays at the library!
On August 10, 2013, the library celebrated its 125th anniversary. Link to the Powerpoint presentation "San Pedro Library Through the Years" which was shown during the event. You can read about the event on our 2013 Fall 2013 Newsletter also.
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