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L ib r o s S c h m ib r o s , h a s n e a tly id e n tifi e d w h a t a b r ic k a n d m o r ta r s p a c e a llo w s : “ tim e s e t a s id e fo r e x p lo r a tio n , s e lf-c r e a tio n , in v e n tio n a n d ju s t p la in p le a s u r e .” S t ill m o r e , J a u r r e tc h e a n d K ip e n k n o w th a t th e v a lu e g r a n te d th e in d iv id u a l ’s m u s i n g s e x t e n d s b r o a d l y . B r o w s in g is s o m e th in g , a fte r a ll, th a t w e d o a lo n g s id e o th e r s w h o c a r e a b o u t th e id e a s a n d e x p e r ie n c e s b o o k s c o n ta in , in v ite o r in s p ir e . In a s o c ia l m e d ia -d r iv e n e n v ir o n m e n t , t h a t ’s n o s m a l l m a t t e r . In a d d itio n to th e s p a c e it p r o v id e s fo r b r o w s in g , L ib r o s S c h m ib r o s h o s ts r e a d in g g r o u p s , a u th o r ta lk s , c o m m u n ity fo r u m s , a n d s to r y -te llin g h o u r s . T h e r e is e v e n a fa m ily y o g a c la s s . A n d th e e n d e a v o r ju s t k e e p s g r o w in g . H o te l M a r ia c h i J u s t o v e r a y e a r a g o , L ib r o s S c h m ib r o s m o v e d o u t o f its little s to r e fr o n t, a c r o s s th e p la z a , a n d in to a s ig n ifi c a n t L o s A n g e le s b u ild in g , a Q u e e n A n n e -s ty le h o te l b u ilt in 1 8 8 9 . T h a t m o v e s e e m s a p p r o p r ia te , b e c a u s e th e h o te l (k n o w n v a r io u s ly o v e r th e y e a r s a s th e C u m m in g s H o te l, th e B o y le H o te l, th e H o te l M a r ia c h i) h a s g o n e th r o u g h s o m u c h th a t sp e a k s to L o s A n g e le s o v e r its 1 3 0 y e a r s . T h e E a s t L o s A n g e le s C o m m u n ity C o r p o r a tio n (E L A C C )

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