Name: Celia Avila
How long have you lived/worked in West LA?
I've worked in West LA for 14 months as the Senior Librarian of the West Los Angeles Regional Library.
I started with the Los Angeles Public Library system as a teen volunteer 17 years ago and was hired as a messenger clerk when I started college in 2005. I've since worked as a public service librarian, teen librarian, and social media librarian throughout the system. I also co-chair our system's LGBTQIA services committee. In addition to my work with the City library, I've worked with Librarians Without Borders, serve on the American Library Association's Council, and work with several other library organizations like REFORMA and the California Library Association.
When I'm not at the library or doing library related things, I enjoy playing dodgeball (sometimes at Stoner Park), practicing yoga, and running. I also spend a lot of my time drinking lots of coffee and planning adventures with family and friends.
What is your favorite thing about where you work?
I love our digital content! Your library card gives you free access to thousands of digital materials, including courses from Lynda. I have a long morning commute so I regularly download audiobooks from Hoopla and Overdrive. I've also been streaming documentaries from Kanopy and am finishing a course on cake decorating through Universal Class.
What do you like most about West LA?
The Library! Our staff is amazing and we have excellent programs for all ages. I also love the diverse community and the variety of restaurants and entertainment options. The coffee in the area is especially wonderful. I'm particularly jazzed about the almond latte at Balconi.
What would you like to see improved in West LA?
More resources and assistance to our homeless community members and more affordable housing.