L.A.’s Libraries Are Lookers

Even If You’re Not a Bibliophile, You Might Just Fall for the Mid-Century Modern Architecture, Card Catalogue Art, Stunning Murals, and Art Deco Details

Buena Vista Branch Library

by Jennifer Chen

When I was a kid, I read so voraciously my mom found it hard to keep up with my demand for new books. Her solution: Drop me off at the Monmouth County Library branch in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. I roamed through the children’s section, grabbing every Baby-Sitters Club book I could find. I spent most of my free time at this library, learning about dogs and, later, Emily Dickinson. I often pretended that the big gray building was my home.

As an adult, I’m still excited when I walk …

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