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August 23, 1997
Hundreds of volunteers were busy stuffing back-to-school bags for more than 50,000 Los Angeles County schoolchildren Friday as part of a program to encourage children to use their public library branches and to visit museums. Last year, the "passport program," a joint effort of the 88 Los Angeles County public libraries, Los Angeles County schools and area museums, helped increase library cards among youngsters by 200%, spokeswoman Hanna Schmieder said.
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November 27, 2001 | GARIOT LOUIMA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Books are piled in almost every corner, wall and cart at Burbank's Buena Vista Library, an 8,000-square-foot building that opened in 1948. "This is a well-worn building," said branch director John Coultas, whose desk is piled high with hardbacks from the library's collection. "There just isn't enough space here." The space crunch will be a thing of the past once a new 28,000-square-foot library is built across the street, Coultas said.
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March 12, 1990 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Orange County, the Fountain Valley Public Library is so flush with funding that its new branch, now under construction, will feature reading lounges with fireplaces, original artwork, sculptures in the patios and a 30-foot dragon in the children's wing. The designer library, with its striking fan-shaped building, black-and-white tile floors and color scheme of turquoise, pink and sea green, will have the architectural elan of a modern art museum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2001 | ERIN PARK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a few tables, bookshelves and computers, the room in the camp for delinquent boys may look nondescript. But with the dedication Friday, Camp Kenyon J. Scudder in Saugus became the first of Los Angeles County's 19 such camps to boast a library. The library was the brainchild of Aundre Vann, who graduated from a tough childhood to a 1 1/2-year stint in Camp Scudder that ended in September 1999. Now 19, he's a painter in Long Beach who credits the camp with straightening him out.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1994 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
Hoping to dispel the stereotypes that Playboy Playmates are bimbos, last October's Playmate of the Month spent an hour reading Dr. Seuss to children Wednesday as the guest of a Panorama City public library. She encouraged them, of course, to not just look at the pictures. Librarians hoped the celebrity would generate interest in reading among children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
The city's public library will begin its move to a larger space in the City Hall building today. Now housed in a leased space at Parkway Calabasas Shopping Center, the library will move to a 4,000-square-foot area recently vacated at City Hall, 26135 W. Mureau Road. The new space is more than twice as large as the previous location and will offer a computer lab, a children's reading room, a recreational area and more parking, said City Clerk Robin Parker.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2001 | From Times staff reports
The parents of a 7-year-old local boy killed in 1997 by gang gunfire at Darby Park helped deliver 300 children's books Wednesday to a school library named in honor of their son. Ruett and Rhonda Foster started a book donation project in December after learning that many volumes in the Evan Leigh Foster Library at Frank D. Parent Elementary School, 5354 W. 64th St., were outdated or tattered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1998
The Santa Monica Public Library and its branches will be closed Sunday and Monday while library staff implement a new online catalog system, library officials said. During the closures, library staff will convert data from the existing electronic catalog to a system that will be available to patrons on the World Wide Web, said Susan Annett, public services librarian.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1998 | ERIC RIMBERT
The Calabasas Library will have its grand opening Saturday. In a 10 a.m. ceremony, city officials and library staff members will welcome the public to the first city-run library. In May the City Council decided to assume control of the facility after facing red tape with the county. "We were unable to extend the hours on Sundays and we couldn't staff the library with a full-time librarian," library Manager Field G. Weber said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1998 | MICHAEL BAKER
Sixteen Los Angeles city library branches, including five in the San Fernando Valley, will increase operating hours at night and during weekends, officials said. More than 20 people have already been hired so that the Central Library, eight regional branches and seven community branches can add about 10 hours a week to their operating schedules beginning Oct. 25, City Librarian Susan Kent said. "We have recently had a tremendous demand and heavy use of the library system," Kent said this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2001 | From Times staff reports
The parents of a 7-year-old local boy killed in 1997 by gang gunfire at Darby Park helped deliver 300 children's books Wednesday to a school library named in honor of their son. Ruett and Rhonda Foster started a book donation project in December after learning that many volumes in the Evan Leigh Foster Library at Frank D. Parent Elementary School, 5354 W. 64th St., were outdated or tattered.
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August 13, 2000 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the duffers who straggled in from the links Saturday, it was one last chance to enjoy their version of the Library of Congress. Ensconced in the Industry Hills Sheraton Resort is one of two libraries nationwide dedicated to the history and culture of that most passionate of pastimes, one that for millions borders on religion: golf. By the end of today, the Ralph W. Miller Golf Library will shut its doors, capping a run that began in 1978.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2000
The Anthony Quinn Library will undergo extensive renovations that will give it a new look, county Supervisor Gloria Molina announced Tuesday. Named after the actor, who grew up on the Eastside, the library will close for renovations this Sunday through Nov. 15. Molina has committed $500,000 to fund the project.
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July 19, 2000 | JENIFER RAGLAND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Librarians may be the one group wilder about Harry Potter than the masses of young people whose fascination with the fictional adolescent has created a literary phenomenon. Across Southern California, those who love reading couldn't be more delighted by the buzz J.K. Rowling's popular series has generated, especially among children. "I think it's created a movement," said Starrett Kreissman, director of the Ventura County Public Library.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1999
Library borrowers can avoid fines for any overdue materials by returning them to one of the Glendale Public Library's six branches from Dec. 27 to Dec. 30, officials said. "It's your last chance to bring in the new year with a clean slate," said Cindy Cleary, the library's public services administrator. "A lot of our books are not returned to our shelves, so whatever incentive we can give to people, we'll go for."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1999 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As she has thousands of times before, Marjory Hopper held up an open book and swiveled it around so that all the tiny, curiosity-filled eyes in the room could focus on the colorful illustrations. "Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet," read Hopper, enunciating and gesticulating in her Mother Goose outfit. Her audiences at the city's John C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1996
During the county fiscal crisis, it was slated for closure and at one time it was open only two days a week. Still, the Wiseburn Library in Hawthorne prevailed, and on Saturday residents will honor the hall of literacy with a 30-year birthday bash. Sandwiched between an elementary school and junior high school, the Wiseburn Library, a branch of the county library system, has always been the center of the community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1996
A popular reading program for children at the San Fernando Library is combining guest performers with creative incentives to promote multiculturalism. "Read About Me," a twice-weekly program, has been popular among parents looking for educational--and free--ways to help their 6- to 12-year-olds have some fun and beat the heat. "It's really a fun time for the staff as well as for the kids," said library assistant Diane Gavin.
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February 27, 1999 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
I first saw the spectacular Brand Library in Glendale 15 years ago when I was writing a column called "Unknown L.A." for the now-defunct Los Angeles Herald Examiner. The idea of the column was that Los Angeles, for all its fame, was not a tourist city in the usual sense. Visitors would arrive, check out Hollywood Boulevard, Disneyland, Venice and the Universal Tour, and that was about it. Other historical, architectural or just plain unusual treasures abounded in the city, but because of L.A.'
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February 17, 1999 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 500,000 books at the Cal State Northridge library--half the university's collection--have been exposed to damage by rain and mold during earthquake repair work, apparently causing more than $100,000 damage, administrators announced Tuesday. The university has brought in a Texas restoration firm, BMS Cat of Fort Worth, to inspect the books and make recommendations.
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