Passport Volunteers need at the Peninsula Center Library

We have immediate openings in our Administration Department for passport volunteers. Passport Photo & Traffic control This position is definitely for those who are outgoing and enjoy working with the public. You'll be taking and processing passport photos (with a great digital camera/printing system) for patrons upon request. You will also be making copies as needed and directing traffic in... Read more

African American American History Comes to life!

Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. and other heroes inspire kids and adults at the Living History Museum of African American Heroes! The Living History Museum is an annual event at the library, taking place each February in partnership with PV Links, Delta Sigma Theta, the Black Heritage Association and Jack and Jill of America. Participation in the... Read more

Romayne Martin: Building a Cultured Community

By MONIQUE SUGIMOTO and DENNIS PIOTROWSKI At the first Palos Verdes Community Dinner in 1926, Frank Vanderlip, considered the father of Palos Verdes, emphasized the importance of building a cultured community. Romayne Martin (1889-1991), one of the Peninsula’s earliest residents, had a large part in shaping this vibrant local culture. This included two of its oldest and most treasured institutions:... Read more

Hoopla at the library!

PVLD is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital – all you need is a valid library card! Card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit Read more

Kanopy film streaming is now available at the library

If you're interested in independent, foreign language, classic, or documentary films, you're in luck! Get out your library card and sign up for Kanopy, the Library's newest on demand video streaming service. You can stream over 26,000 carefully selected films from hundreds of popular producers such as The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, and PBS, as well as thousands of... Read more

Local History: An airport almost takes off in Palos Verdes

By Dennis Piotrowski and Monique Sugimoto In a previous column, we recounted one of the first flights over the Palos Verdes Peninsula by famed French aviator Louis Paulhan in 1910. Our next episode takes us into the 1920s and a time when rapid advances occurred in airmail delivery service, the use of private planes expanded, and passenger airline service began... Read more

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

As part of the Palos Verdes Library District’s commitment to celebrating diversity, we are hosting a series of fun family events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th – October 15th, and honors the stories, cultures, and contributions of those of Central and South American, Mexican, Spanish, and Caribbean ancestry. President Lyndon B. Johnson first... Read more

Changes coming to the Peninsula Center Storytime Room!

The busiest room in the Young Readers Department is getting a make-over starting Tuesday Aug. 15! The changes will make the room larger, brighter, and more accessible to patrons of all ages and abilities. The storytime room has been always been a special place for children, parents and caregivers. With nearly 20,000 children and adults attending storytime each year, the... Read more

Community Conversations

Please join us for a community conversation! Add your voice to an engaging and informal “round table” discussion hosted by the Palos Verdes Library. Come and speak honestly and freely about your aspirations, concerns and personal views about our community. Date: Friday, August 4, 2017 Location: Peninsula Center Library Purcell Room Three sessions available: 10:30 am 1:00 pm 3:00 pm... Read more

Local History: Selling the Palos Verdes dream a natural pitch

Frank Vanderlip’s purchase of the Palos Verdes Peninsula “sight unseen” in 1913 was an extraordinary occurrence. So too were the campaigns to finance the construction and advertise the “most beautiful and desirable residential area” in Southern California. In 1921, E.G. Lewis, the man behind the development of Atascadero and University City in Missouri, devised an underwriting scheme and promotional campaign... Read more

Selling the Palos Verdes dream a natural pitch

By Monique Sugimoto and Dennis Piotrowski Frank Vanderlip’s purchase of the Palos Verdes Peninsula “sight unseen” in 1913 was an extraordinary occurrence. So too were the campaigns to finance the construction and advertise the “most beautiful and desirable residential area” in Southern California. In 1921, E.G. Lewis, the man behind the development of Atascadero and University City in Missouri, devised... Read more

Mary Alice Monroe at the Malaga Cove Library

The Palos Verdes Library District is proud to host New York Times Bestselling Author Mary Alice Monroe at the beautiful Malaga Cove Library Garden on Saturday, July 29, 2017, 2:00-4:00 pm. Mary will be promoting the latest in her Beach House series: Beach House for Rent, which explores the interconnection between two strangers and the natural world along with the... Read more

PV Summer Readers Starts June 5!

Find a World of Wonders at the PV Library This Summer! Summer is coming, and a world of wonders awaits kids of all ages at the Palos Verdes Library District. PV Summer Readers: Kids and Teens who join this program can earn cool prizes for summer reading. Members may read any books and also try some reading activities that are... Read more

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May

As part of the project “Japanese Americans on the Peninsula: Learning from Our Past to Look to Our Future”, the Palos Verdes Library District will celebrate the Peninsula’s growing, changing, and diverse community through a series of events for all ages during Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month in May 2017. The project is a recipient of the 2016 Humanities... Read more

The Colors of Burma from Photo to Oil

The PV Library is pleased to present a new photography and painting exhibit at the Malaga Cove Art Gallery. “The Colors of Burma from Photo to Oil” will run from June 1 - June 30 with an artist’s reception on June 10 from 2 to 5 PM. The art show is a collaboration between internationally known artists David Heath and... Read more

Early days of aviation a sight over Palos Verdes

By Dennis Piotrowski and Monique Sugimoto Not long after the Wright brothers piloted the first successful heavier-than-air machine near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903, early rickety planes were navigating the skies near Los Angeles. Indeed, Los Angeles with its favorable climate became a center of aviation as early as 1909. One newspaper at the time described the area as... Read more

New Parking Lot Under Construction Adjacent to Peninsula Center Library

The owner of the Village Shopping Center next to the Peninsula Center Library is redeveloping the property. The redevelopment includes construction of a new two-level parking structure off Deep Valley Drive that will serve both library patrons and the tenants/customers of the remaining retail and office spaces. Construction will begin on Wednesday, February 8 and is expected to last approximately... Read more

Be Part of History at the Living History Museum!

If you’re in K—8th grade, come be part of history! Celebrate African American History month as you portray an African American hero who made life better for all Americans. Participants will portray an African American hero who inspires them. As a participant, you will be a living exhibit at the museum and portray a hero you admire and identify with... Read more

Writers Wanted! Sign up now for National Novel Writing Month

Writers wanted! PVLD is your headquarters for November's National Writing Month. Please join us for a community writing event that includes workshops, write-ins, networking opportunities, publication in an anthology and the opportunity to read your work in public. National Writing Month workshop/Writing Characters That Are Likeable Wednesday, November 02, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM National Writing Month workshop/Self-Editing for... Read more

News from the Archives: Find Us Now on the Online Archive of California (OAC)

You find books in your local library using a catalog. Well, the same is true for finding archival collections held in a library's local history room. The Local History Center has posted its first collection guide in a really long time! Thanks to library page and archives student Sabrina Ponce, who volunteered with the Local History Center over the summer,... Read more

10th Anniversary of the Teen Annex

PVLD is excited to be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Teen Annex branch on September 22 at 2 P.M. The Annex also has a new location at 655 Deep Valley Drive, suite #175 which is just across the street from the Peninsula Center Library. The celebration will be held from 2-4 pm at the Annex and will feature pizza,... Read more

News from the Archives: Welcome Stella Castillo "Archivist in Residency"

Next time you are at the Peninsula Center Library, we invite you to visit the Local History Center and meet Stella Castillo, our Resident Archivist. Stella will be with us until the end of October. As part of a year long residency, Stella has already done rotations with the Autry Museum, Cal Poly Pomona and Loyola Marymount University. ​Stella earned... Read more

Mobile printing now available at the library

PVLD now offers mobile printing at the Peninsula Center, Malaga Cove and Miraleste libraries. You can send print jobs to PVLD’s public printers from any computer, laptop, smart phone, or tablet with an Internet connection and pick them up at any of our libraries. Can’t read that huge spreadsheet on your smart phone, and need a way to view the... Read more