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The Sympathizer

Thursday, September 29, 7:00 p.m.

The Friends of the Library is excited to present 2016 Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Viet Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer. The event will include Q/A followed by a book signing. 

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Check out our new Online Summer Reading Program for kids!


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Utility box murals are often used to deter graffiti and to present a unified community identity. Now you can add Poké Stops and augmented reality to the list of uses! Some of Glendale’s utility box murals have been become Poké Stops, real-world locations where Pokémon Go characters appear on your mobile device as if they are in the world around you.

There’s more good news for Pokémon enthusiasts: the Glendale Arts and Culture Commission has issued a call for artists to apply to paint murals on City of Glendale utility boxes on October 14, 2016, bringing more potential Poké Stops to Glendale! Download the application and submit by Monday, August 15, 2016. Read more>


One of the most exciting features of the renovated Central Library is the addition of a MakerSpace. The MakerSpace will be designed for expert makers and hobbyist crafters of all ages. We will be offering an array of instructor-led workshops, self-led making, and drop-in services.
Staff have been visiting makerspaces throughout Los Angeles to explore successes upon which we can build our program. Some of the amenities that we are considering are computers,
3D printers, software for design and animation, industrial sewing machines, laser cutting apparatus, leather and textile crafting supplies, specialty crafter tools, jewelry making supplies and equipment, paper painting supplies and equipment, a video production booth with cameras and accessories, and audio mixing and production equipment.
Our only limitation is space so we want to ensure that the design conforms with what is most needed in our community. Help us build our MakerSpace! Share your ideas with Sharon Mann Garrett at

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Monday - Thursday, 2:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Children's Room, 10:00 a.m. –  8:00 p.m. 
Morning hours at the Central Library’s Children’s Room will be available for its popular early childhood and family programming.

Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, Closed

The Glendale History Room

The Glendale History Room will be closed until late 2016 due to the next phases of the Central Library renovation project. Staff will only have access to some digital files.

Outdoor WiFi Cafe - Monday - Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Adults can return/renew borrowed items, pick up holds, and pay fines at the front desk. Enjoy free WiFi, tables & chairs outside the front doors, including, a selection of books for sale by the Friends of the Library, and a book truck full of great new books to borrow. Return your items, pick up a hold, even pay a fine!

Telephone service will be available at 818-548-2027 and at 818-548-2035 (Children's Room):
Monday - Thursday, 2:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

For more information contact Library, Arts & Culture information at 818-548-2030.

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Take a look at our Instagram feed for photos of City history along with photos of our current events and programs. Read More> 

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Want to try an eBook? Borrow an iPad mini from the Library! Bring your library card and photo ID in person to any Library, Arts & Culture location. Borrow an iPad mini and use it for three weeks as an eReader, with the Library’s mobile app and other library mobile services. Read More>



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Learn a new language with Mango! Follow easy to use, step by step lesson plans for 52 different languages. Mango Languages features ESL lessons for Arabic, Armenian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese speakers. Read More>