A recipient of the nation’s highest honor for library service, the National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Los Angeles Public Library serves the largest and most diverse urban population of any library in the nation. Its Central Library; 72 branch libraries; collection of more than 7.4 million books, resources, and materials; and 18,000 programs annually for all ages provide everyone with free and easy access to information. It is also with pride that the Los Angeles Public Library is celebrating its 150th Anniversary and its continued commitment to serving the community.
Los Angeles Maker Faire is spearheaded by the Los Angeles Public Library and is a continuation of the DTLA Mini Maker Faires that the Library has hosted since 2016. Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show their hobbies, experiments, and projects. Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine and has become a world-wide initiative.
City of STEM is L.A.’s largest community-based initiative focused on science, technology, engineering, and math. Created in 2015 by the Columbia Memorial Space Center to encourage and inspire the public, City of STEM is also a celebration of Southern California’s historic achievements in science – and all the groundbreaking research and innovation that is happening here today. Recognized by the Science Festival Alliance as L.A.’s science fest, City of STEM brings together over 150 local STEM partners to produce and promote dozens of STEM events and activities throughout Los Angeles every day in the month of April as well as regularly throughout the year.
The Columbia Memorial Space Center is a space museum and hands-on STEM learning center located just south of downtown L.A. in Downey, CA, on the former site where all of NASA’s Apollo spacecraft and Space Shuttles were designed and built. The mission of the Space Center is to ignite a community of critical and creative thinkers. The Center includes L.A.’s only public robotics lab and Southern California’s only Challenger Learning Center, a one-of-a-kind space mission simulator. Through engaging programs, world-class exhibits and unique events, the Space Center strives to be the most accessible STEM opportunity in Southern California.