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.

2015 Book Sale dates:

Fri Jan 2Sat Jan 3
Fri Feb 6Sat Feb 7
Fri Mar 6Sat Mar 7
Fri May 1Sat May 2
Fri Jun 5Sat Jun 6
Fri Jul 10Sat Jul 11
Fri Jul 31Sat Aug 1
Fri Sep 4Sat Sep 5
Fri Oct 2Sat Oct 3
Fri Nov 6Sat Nov 7
Fri Dec 4Sat Dec 5

Contact Us at

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

Web Master
Yumi Yamamoto

Newsletter Archive

Spring 2015 Newsletter
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Winter 2014
Freida Lee Mock's "G-Dog" ...

Website updated:
June 30, 2015

Next Used Book Sale: Friday, July 10, 2015, 2-5 p.m. (Friends members only) and Saturday, July 12th, 11-4 p.m. (open to the public)

Library Hours: Mon. thru Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. from 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 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 Newsletter 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.

Amazing All-American Afternoon with tap dancing, harmony, and mirth at the library

Barbershop quartet the Perfect Gentlemen photo.

It was an all-American event on May 17th when the barbershop quartet The Perfect Gentlemen entertained to a full-house in the Library Community Room. But first, we had tap dancer Kelsey McCowan open the show. Miss McCowan, whose last name may sound familiar to San Pedrans, tap danced and gave us a quick history on the dancing style that started in the United States. She is an absolute professional and her performance showed how much she loves what she does. Our main act, The Perfect Gentlemen are four very handsome men. The singers are lead Drew Tablak, tenor Peter Chudyba, bass Frank Romero, and baritone Jim Campbell. Barbershop quartet Perfect Gentlemen photo. They sang songs like "Hello My Baby," "My Wild Irish Rose," "Mr. Sandman," and "Goodbye My Coney Island Baby." Between their songs they made jokes and joked with each other making the audience laugh and enjoy themselves. They sang a song accompanied by Deagan Shaker Chimes and one volunteer and even sang a happy birthday song when Cecelia Moore surprised one of Friends long-time supporters with a birthday card. According to their website, the group started in 1998 and continues to sing "marvelous melodious music mingled with masterful mirth, mischief, and merry-making." The best part of their performance was their singing. They have great voices and together they made wonderful harmony. All the performers that day were fabulous. It was great to see how these timeless American music traditions are still being carried on by a new generation of performing artists. Try these links and see Kelsey McCowan and The Perfect Gentlemen on YouTube.

LAPL receives 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Services

Congratulations LAPL! Read the LAPL press release or for further information visit Institute of Museum and Library Services where you will also find a link to the White House ceremony on YouTube.

Meet Larry Vanderveen a.k.a. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Larry Vanderveen as F. Scott F.

Larry Vanderveen as F. Scott F. Larry Vanderveen as F. Scott F.

When actor/director Larry Vanderveen appeared on stage at the Grand Annex, he looked like a model for the artist J. C. Leyendecker. Vanderveen’s biographical portrayal of F. Scott Fitzgerald was amazing. The audience members heard everything from his childhood, his parents, his college life, his wife Zelda, and the many famous friends, colleagues, and professionals he knew from Paris to Hollywood. As Fitzgerald, Vanderveen talked about his writing, his travels, the parties, the boozing and all manner of extravagance that made him an early 20th century iconic figure. To an average person it was like a dream about the Roaring Twenties. The audience was mesmerized by Vanderveen’s performance. Though the performance was long, no one left until it was over. When he returned to himself after the performance, he talked about how he gathered the information for his portrayal, and it was then that we realized the scholar he is. His research produced all the details that brought Fitzgerald to life. If you missed this performance, check out, where you’ll find information on his next performance date and more. Bottom right photo from left to right: Cecelia Moore Program Developer, Larry Vanderveen, and Pat Colby President of Friends of San Pedro Library.

LAPL Operating Hours

Central Library and regional branch libraries will be open during the same hours and the branch libraries will have their own set of hours. The Central Library and branch libraries have been open on Sundays starting January 12, 2014. Thanks voters! The restoration of hours was made possible by voter-approved Measure L which was passed in March of 2011.

Central Library and Regional Branch Libraries

Branch Library Hours

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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