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Not Your Usual Library

Worthy story hours and bedtime reading

Closed for nearly a year, the Beverly Hills Children’s Library recently debuted its gorgeous new digs. The 12,000-square-foot space now includes a wood-paneled Little Theater for story time; a play room with a puppet theater, puzzles, and blocks; and an Enchanted Woods reading nook. Plus, head librarian Sandra Abini really knows her stuff. Here are her recs for the best picture books by LA authors.
 
I Want My Hat Back,  by Jon Klassen
“Our staff loves the offbeat humor in this one. Parents are sometimes surprised we’re reading something like this at story time, but the kids really love it.”
 
Flower Garden by Eve Bunting
“This wasn’t the book she won the Caldecott for, but we love the realistic illustrations and the simple sentiment of buying flowers to surprise her mother on her birthday.”
 
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
“Grandparents will love this book. It’s about the antics of two friends who are spending the week with one of the boys’ grandparents. It almost feels like a comic.”
 
The library’s various story hours—Baby Storytime, Early Words (ages 12-24 months), and Mother Goose (24-36 months)—run several times a week; during the summer, magic shows and circus performers will round out the fun.
 
Beverly Hills Public Library
444 N. Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills
310.288.2211; bhpl.org