We are disappointed that officers or board members of the Friends of Little Tokyo Branch Library were not interviewed for the story about the Little Tokyo Service Center/Union Church project and the future location of the Little Tokyo Branch Library (City Times, Jan. 10).
The Friends has been the principal fund-raising group for the Little Tokyo Branch Library and was instrumental in getting city approval and obtaining rent-free space (at) the Centenary United Methodist Church.
We organized a building committee which has worked diligently to look for a suitable location in Little Tokyo. At the same time, the Friends have sponsored book fairs, auction-luncheons and author-recognition events to raise funds. The initial financial commitment of the Friends involved raising approximately $40,000.
We hope City Times will give credit to the Friends of the Little Tokyo Branch Library as the primary support organization which has worked for more than a decade with little publicity or recognition.