It’s Monday. Why the Los Angeles Public Library acquired a book publisher. Plus, more on why the editor in chief of The Los Angeles Times resigned this month.

I’m a longtime fan of the Los Angeles Public Library.

After I learned to read, my mother and I would walk nearly every day from our apartment to the Brentwood branch to check out picture books to add to a growing stack on my night stand.

And throughout my 20s, I was a regular visitor to the charming Los Feliz branch, where I would, of course, borrow books but also sometimes work on my laptop, print documents or drop off my ballot on Election Day. (Fun fact: The Los Feliz library sits where the actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s childhood home used to be.)

Libraries are changing; they’re adapting to shifts in technology and expanding their services to help communities in need. Los Angeles Public Library staff members are now taught how to respond to child abuse and threatening behavior, trained on how to use Narcan to revive overdose victims, and have panic buttons at their desks, The Los Angeles Times reported last year. The library system is “a place where John Lithgow can be found reading next to an unhoused person in the North Hollywood branch,” Jeffrey Fleishman wrote in that article.

In this moment when the Los Angeles library system is redefining itself, it has taken an unusual step. The library system, which manages 73 branches and houses more than eight million books, announced last month that it had acquired a local book publisher, Angel City Press, which had been run by a married couple.


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