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Get in the “spirit” of the season with a few cocktail party related gifts! This intoxicating gift guide is full to the brim with ideas for bringing a little holiday cheer to your soiree!

1. Let’s start with the hors d’oeuvres! Any little food morsel will taste better (and a little more rock and roll)  when served on the end of one of these Guitar Pick Toothpicks. As the packaging says, these toothpicks go to eleven! $6.25/ set of 24

2. To bring a little style to the party, how about serving up your drinks on these Eames Chair Coasters? From the Museum of Modern Art, NY comes this coaster set depicting 4 of the  iconic Eames chairs.  They look like glass, but in fact are made from durable plastic with little rubber feet to keep them from sliding. $20.00/ set of 4

3. For the element of surprise at your holiday soiree, try some ice cubes frozen in the form of Edvard Munch’s classic, “The Scream”! With this silicone rubber Ice Screams tray, you can easily recreate his expressionistic rendering in tiny, ice cube form. Fill up the glasses, and wait for the gasps! $10.00

4. Perfect party accessory, and also stocking stuffer idea– the Kabuki Bottle Opener. These aren’t on our website so you’ll have to stop by the store to admire them. They’re durable, colorful, and fun! $5.00

5. And finally, a little book chock full of drink recipes, advice, and barstool wisdom– aptly titled  Old Man Drinks. Forget the mojitos! This book will guide you through the drinks your grandpa would remember. Make way for the Harvey Wallbanger, the Rusty Nail, the Gimlet, and more…  $14.95

Of course, all of these items would make great gifts in addition to their party potential. We here at The Library Store hope you’ve enjoyed our series of Gift Guides this holiday season. We’ll be open almost every day till Christmas Eve (just closed on Sunday this week), so we hope you’ll stop by to pick up the remaining items on your list. Or if you’re like me, you can come by to START your holiday shopping! Happy Holidays! Thanks for reading!


A “gifty” holiday… yes, apologies for the silly title. This holiday gift guide is for the office party gift, the stocking stuffer, the fun little gift for that person that seems to already have EVERYTHING. Without further ado, the gifty gifts!

1. Fruit Slices Apple Memo Pad and Pear Memo Pad. Fruit slice shaped memo pads, where each sheet is a slice! A perfect unique gift for your office buddy or organized note writing friend. $4.00

2. Alphabet Book Bag from Sukie. Guaranteed to turn heads with the 60’s pop art design, this tote is as useful as it is eye catching. Complete with hidden magnetic fasteners to keep everything safe. $22.00

3. When we saw these reusable glass water bottles, we knew they had to be in the store. The Hose Water and Tap is Terrific designs are available for purchase online, but you’ll have to come by the store to see the hummingbird design. These are a great alternative to those wasteful plastic water bottles we all toss. $16.00

4. A Library Store favorite– the tiny Capsule Letter! These are actually tiny capsules complete with a teeny tiny roll of paper within. Open the capsule, unroll the paper, write your message, and put it back together again. Now you have a super sleuth secret message for a special someone! Such a fun design! $3.50

5. The Camera Pencil Sharpener, which not only looks sharp, but will keep your pencils sharp too! In a cool retro camera design, this utilitarian gift will be a hit! $12.95

Hope this guide helps with your holiday giving plans! And stay tuned… up next is the final gift guide, and it’s sure to be intoxicating…..

As much as we all love the holidays (we do, right? right?)… we all know that the most fun to be had on Christmas morning is by the kiddies!  The thrill of seeing all those brightly wrapped presents, just waiting to be ripped open and enjoyed! Here’s a few of our picks sure to be a hit with the kiddies you love.

1. The Design Your Own Superhero Kit and Fashion Designers Kit from Seedling, a New Zealand Company that is all about encouraging the natural process of thinking and doing.  We strive to carry products that spark the imagination, and these are at the top of our list here at The Library Store. $38.00 and $46.00 respectively.

2. P’Kolino Crayons (we carry Colored Pencils too!). These crayons have superior, smooth color transfer, are triangular in shape to keep them from rolling away, and make for a perfect fit in tiny artist hands.  $6.00

3. Tegu Magnetic Blocks, the blocks that click! These wooden blocks have magnets safely embedded within them, which allows for gravity defying creations! Natural colored blocks available online, and in the store we have naturally color tinted sets as well. $28.00

4. What’s better than showing off to your friends your yoyo skills? Showing your friends your yoyo skills with the yoyo you designed yourself! Everything needed to make one awesome wooden yoyo included in the Design Your Own Yoyo Kit. $15.00

5. And for the tiniest of the holiday kiddos, the Los Angeles Onesie. Super soft organic cotton onesie printed with a map of our beloved city of Angels. $25.00

As always, much much more online or in the store! Stop on by and check it out!



It’s that time of year again… holiday shopping is in full gear! The Library Store is here to help, and we’ve got gifts galore for many of those on your list. First up of the holiday gift guides– a Bookish Holiday! For those bibliophiles in your life… and if you’re a Library Store blog reader, we know you’ve got em’. Read on.

1. Out of Print T Shirts– featuring iconic and often out of print book covers on printed cotton tees. We have The Bell Jar, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Catcher in the Rye, The Naked Lunch, On the Road, Pride and Prejudice, Slaughterhouse-Five, and a few others that aren’t listed in our online store. $28.00

2. Penguin has re-released some of their classic titles with fantastically decorated cloth covers, sure to be a coveted collection in times to come. The titles on our shelf right now are Little Women, Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, and Pride and Prejudice. Stop by the store for additional titles in stock! $20.00

3. Another great from Penguin– the Penguin Book Cover Postcard Collection. A collection of 100 postcards, each featuring a different and iconic Penguin book jacket. From classics to crime, here are over seventy years of quintessentially British design in one book shaped box. $25.00

4. And finally, the Read and Write Mug. The image is taken from a vintage Ladybird Johnson book, and comes in the best little book gift box. $13.00

This bookish gift guide is in no way complete… we have so much more in the store, and on our website. Hope to see you soon!

Our store manager, Christine Romero, recently baked these dangerously delicious cupcakes from the Halloween cookbook “A Zombie Ate My Cupcake”! Luckily we didn’t have to be zombies to eat her cupcakes, and all the Library Store employees really enjoyed this sweet seasonal treat. 
“A Zombie Ate My Cupcake” is available through the Library Store website, or you can purchase it at the brick and mortar store located in the Central Library. 

This recipe is a little labor-intensive, but after all:
-What did the zombie get an award for?
Get it? Haha! Check out our twitter feed in the future for more seasonal jokes.

Do you dare venture into the haunted vault of spooky wonders Library Store so close to Halloween? For those brave souls who shout “YES!”, we have some treats awaiting you- no tricks! Click on the images to learn about ordering them from our online store.

Confused about where to find costumes for your thumbs this Halloween? You’ll be winning every thumb costume contest around  with this pair of  lucha libre masks.

The most common question we get from customers about our jar of Organ Ooze is “Can you eat it?”

…do you want to?

You can, however, slurp on our I.V. bag of candy blood.  It’s not on our website though, you will have to come visit us for a taste!