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Library gift store of cheeky, bookish goods hits the road for the holidays

By Hayley Fox
Published: Friday, November 30, 2012, at 09:19AM
Flickr via Tim Bradshaw

This "Reading is Sexy" mug is one of the featured items in the Library Store.

Located inside Downtown's Central Library, the Library Store sells punny, pop culture-themed and L.A.-centric gifts and goods to help raise money for the public library system. Now, this shop is going mobile for the holidays, visiting seven different locations starting in December.

The library shop is already online though, and divided into categories such as "I Love Los Angeles," "Gifts for Readers" and "Gifts for Writers." One of the bestsellers is a line of yellow, retro-looking stickers, buttons and mugs with the slogan "Reading is Sexy" and a picture of a women with glasses. Other store hits include a kitchen timer that looks like a camera lense, a cotton lunch bag with letters and numbers on it and...spy glasses.

Other highlights from the collection include a scratch-off wall map (so you can keep track of where you've been), literary temporary tattoos and knee high socks that read "Bookworm" or "Geek" on the side. In addition to these kitschy trinkets and gifts, the store sells guide books, craft kits, tote bags, autographed books and an assortment of journals.

Products range in price from a few dollars to $100, but most are in the $10 to $50 range, with discounts given to people who are library foundation members.

The mobile library store will begin its cross-town journey on December 10 with a stop at the Palms Rancho Park library branch. It will continue on in the following days to library branches from Sherman Oaks to Cypress Park. Then, in the the ultimate confirmation that reading really is cool (in case you didn't already know), on Dec. 19 the movin' and shakin' Library Store will head to Amoeba Music in Hollywood to sell its wares.

For a complete schedule of the tour stops see below:

Monday, Dec. 10 from 2 to 6 p.m. – Palms Rancho Park

Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 2 to 6 p.m. – Sherman Oaks

Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 2 to 6 p.m. – Exposition Park

Thursday, Dec. 13 from 2 to 6 p.m. – Mid-Valley

Saturday, Dec. 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. – Cypress Park

Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 2 to 6 p.m. – Fairfax

Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 2 to 6 p.m. – Amoeba Music

For Downtowners who want to see the permanent Library Store, it's located inside the 5th Street library and is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the Library Store's sales go towards the Library Foundation of Los Angeles which is responsible for programs including the speaker series, ALOUD.

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