For the LOVE of libraries



About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip ( and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at and email her at


  1. I completely agree! Getting a card at the Westwood Branch of the LAPL was one of the first things I did when I moved here.

    • Yay! Fellow library fan 🙂 How does the Westwood Branch compare to the UCLA campus libraries? Is it worth a visit? Thanks for commenting Eleanor 😉

      • Hmm, well I go to the Westwood Branch mostly for YA fiction and to the UCLA libraries for academic books, so I can’t really compare them… I like the Westwood library though. It feels a little small, but it reminds me a bit of the Swarthmore Public Library, and it overlooks a cemetery, which I like. I think they have a local history section too, though I haven’t explored it.

      • I see 🙂 hm the cemetery element sounds cool 😉 It wouldn’t hurt to swing by on my next UCLA excursion! Thanks!

    • Thanks! I loved this “libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information”

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