Used Book Sales

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. 3Sat. Jan. 4
Fri. Jan. 31Sat. Feb. 1
Fri. Feb. 28Sat. Mar. 1
Fri. Apr. 4Sat. Apr. 5
Fri. May 2Sat. May 3
Fri. Jun. 6Sat. Jun. 7
Fri. Jul. 11Sat. Jul. 12
Fri. Aug. 1Sat. Aug. 2
Fri. Sep. 5Sat. Sep. 6
Fri. Oct. 3Sat. Oct. 4
Fri. Oct. 31Sat. Nov. 1
Fri. Dec. 5Sat. Dec. 6

Contact Us at

Library Tel: 310-548-7779
931 S. Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90731

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Yumi Yamamoto

Newsletter Archive

Winter 2014
Freida Lee Mock's "G-Dog" ...

Fall 2013
San Pedro's "Dance Lady" waltzes ...

Summer 2013
San Pedro Library's 125th Anniversary ...

Spring 2013
Poets, Poets, We Have Poets! ...

Winter 2013
San Pedro Friends Welcome Patt Morrison ...

Fall 2012
Councilman Joe Buscaino ...

Website updated:
March 31, 2014

Monthly Used Book Sale Friday, April 4, 2-5 p.m. (Friends of San Pedro Library members only) and Saturday, April 5, 11-4 p.m. (open to the public).

Library Hours: Mon., Wed., Fri., and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tues. and Thurs. from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m., and closed on holidays. Other LAPL libraries.

Upcoming Events at LAPL: Link to LAPL Exhibits, What's On at the LAPL, and San Pedro Library homepage.

Download Friends of San Pedro Library Newsflyer and read about our upcoming events and much more. For questions about our newsflyer email us at:

Origami Class with Doris Scott: Every third Saturday of the month.

National Poetry Month with Emily Dickinson at the Library

Emily Dickinson photo

Come celebrate National Poetry Month on Saturday, April 26th starting at 2:00 p.m. in the library's community room. Friends will be showing The Belle of Amherst, a one-women show staring Julie Harris in her Tony Award winning role as the iconic 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson. There will be a reading of Ms. Dickinson's poetry, a discussion session, and revelation of a San Pedro-Amherst connection after the film presentation. It's free to the public and refreshments will be served after the event. So don't miss out! Download flyer.

LAPL nominated finalist 2014 National Merit Award!

Read about LAPL nomination. Download LAPL press release .

January event, G-Dog by Freida Lee Mock at the Grand Annex

“Nothing stops a bullet like a job.” That’s 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 Homeboy’s 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 Gregory’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 Gregory’s journey from pastor to champion of ex-gang members of Los Angeles and the struggles they have of maintaining such a charitable institution.

The film introduces many of Father Gregory’s “homies” saved by the organization. Homeboy Industries helps these homies in a multitude of ways, be it free tattoo removals, Homegirl Café, where food items are prepared and served by men and women who have served jail time, and anger management and substance abuse classes for homies that need them.

But as the documentary points out, because the organization is so charitable, they are falling behind in money and had to lay off 300 workers in 2011. Father Gregory and his crew continue to show resilience in the face of adversity as they try every means necessary to raise money and keep Homeboy Industries from going under. The documentary ends on a positive note with accounts of ex-gang members speaking of their gratitude to Father Gregory and his organization for helping them down the right path.

The film’s conclusion met with loud applause by the viewers in attendance as the host brought up one of the homies from the film, Fabian Debora, to speak to the crowd gathered at the Grand Annex. Debora is an artist and former substance abuser who was facing four years in jail at age 17 when he came to Father Gregory for help. He has since turned his life around as he says he’s “dropped the spray can and picked up the paint brush.” 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 Kahlo and “Street Signs” showing multiple street signs from places he knew in Los Angeles, highlighted what he called the theme of his Chicano art and depicted his upbringing. After the slideshow Debora took questions from the audience, talked about the state of Homeboy Industries and the help that is presently needed. His overwhelming message was “Building relationships within a community” is 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 ticket sales were fully donated to Homeboy Industries, and donation were also taken at the conclusion of the event. Father Gregory’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

Sundays hours returns to all LAPL branch libraries

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!

Branch Libraries

125th Anniversary Presentation

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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