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Jefferson Branch Library: A Home With a History

ONE FOR THE BOOKS | The Jefferson Branch Library is the only building along Jefferson Boulevard on the National Register of Historic Places. The library's history, beginning in 1912, is rich and spans relocations, fires, renovations and famous frequenters. Nailah Malik, the young adult librarian at the library, says the library has become like a "baby-sitting center." After school and into the night, children play on the computers in the designated children's center or read and develop literacy skills with volunteers. Before the library closes at 8 p.m., the parents come to retrieve their children. Though Malik talked about the people who graduated from the library to make an impact on the national stage, she too has made contributions outside of the library walls. A USC alumna with a degree in acting, she spends her time traveling throughout Southern California and telling stories through performing. Her writing has also appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Jefferson Branch Library: A Home For the Kids | Watch Nailah Malik talk about what the library means to the children in the Jefferson Park area.
Back in the Day | Highlights of the library's history are featured on the timeline. Beginning as a small deposit station in a drug store in 1912-1913, the library has come a long way.

NOTABLE ALUMNI | Vassie D. Wright - Founder of first citywide Negro History Week, which developed into Black History Month.

Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr - Lawyer (1937-2005)

Diane Watson - California congresswoman since 2001

What Jefferson Means to Me | "The Jefferson Park community is a microcosm for Los Angeles," Malik said.
Reading with Miss Tiffany | Ms. Tiffany, a GAB (Grandparents and Books) volunteer, comes to the library once a week. Here, she reads to 5-year-old Vicky on a Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.