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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1985
In response to your article (Jan. 9), "Non-Priority Calls Tie Up 911 Lines," I feel your readers could benefit from knowledge of the Los Angeles County Library's toll-free telephone service, which might ease the burden being placed inappropriately on the 911 operators. Community Access Library Line (CALL) has been the Los Angeles County Public Library's Telephone Information and Referral Center since 1979. Residents of Southern California can have their questions answered in English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, or via TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2011 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
As budget woes have forced other Los Angeles-area public libraries to cut staff and operating hours, West Hollywood has been preparing for the opening of a new $64-million library complex. The roughly 32,000-square-foot library — six times larger than the old one — will celebrate its official opening Saturday. The library is the result of a partnership between the Los Angeles County library system, which will operate the facility, and the city, which paid for its construction.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1999
* Mission: To provide readers with recommendations from the Los Angeles County Public Library for good fiction books. One of the most common requests made of the library staff is for book recommendations. Faced with virtually endless options for works of fiction, patrons have been turning to professionals, and in response, the library created the Librarian's Bookshelf online.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2011 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
The new West Hollywood Library, set to open to the public Saturday on a curving stretch of San Vicente Boulevard across from the Pacific Design Center, is a building that offers a freewheeling tour through centuries of architectural history. Explicitly or implicitly, it points back to the work of Charles Moore, Pierre Koenig, Frank Gehry and even Michelangelo. The library includes long expanses of floor-to-ceiling glass, in the great California midcentury tradition, as well as bands of marble and generous helpings of architectural ornament.
NEWS
May 4, 1989
The Glendale City Council on Tuesday appointed Susan Curzon, a 16-year veteran of the Los Angeles County library system, as the city's new director of library services. Curzon, 41, who will oversee operation of the city's six public libraries, is scheduled to take over the post vacated by Jack Ramsay, who retired in January, on June 12. A regional administrator with the county library system, Curzon supervises 12 community libraries, a hospital library, four bookmobiles and a book mailing service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1988
It was with some measure of sadness that I witnessed Agoura Hills Councilwoman Darlene McBane hanged in effigy on Feb. 13 by residents angry over her idea to place the proposed new city-financed Los Angeles County Library at the future park site at Morrison Park. No citizen of our community deserves this indignation. What is going on in our little city when Ms. McBane's mere proposal to fellow council members brings scorn and vilification? What has happened to an open, honest exchange of ideas in a free society?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1994
Gilbert Cedillo's suggestions ("An Alternative to Massive Budget Cuts," Commentary, July 13) deserve a high place on the discussion agenda. Let us expand on Cedillo's suggestions with the concept of "time sharing." First, closed and underutilized libraries can time share with Head Start providers, thereby bringing funds for facilities and equipment rental into the Los Angeles County library system. This money should be used to maintain or restore services to library patrons. Second, county managers should look to time sharing generally for the 10 to 16 hours per day that facilities are not used.
NEWS
June 30, 1994
Once again the Los Angeles County Library system is threatening our Hermosa Beach library with closure--total shutdown sometime in July or August. Whether this is simply another political ploy, or the library is really to be boarded up, is not the issue. The point is that our situation is unacceptable. The county collects about $304,000 from Hermosa Beach property owners, tax revenue mandated for yearly library services. With a two-day-a-week library operation, we're not getting our money's worth!
NEWS
August 22, 1993
I cannot believe what I read in the newspapers recently. The state of California will be helping out Disneyland to the tune of millions of dollars at a time when it has just cut the funding of the 87 libraries in the Los Angeles County library system. We should be ashamed of ourselves! It has been said that this move will create jobs in Orange County; how does that help when the other action just cut the jobs of 500 dedicated library workers? Don't we have enough entertainment that does little to improve the reading skills of our children who believe that Walt Disney wrote "Winnie the Pooh," "Aladdin," "Bambi" and any other classic that he could get his claws into and smear with his insipid goo. I work at Diamond Bar Library.
NEWS
March 7, 1993 | DUKE HELFAND
For three decades, Marcine Shaw has been a pillar of the community. She helped establish group homes for gang members and the disabled. She brought organized sports and literacy programs to youths. And as senior deputy to former County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, she cut through red tape to bring health care, food and other services to constituents in Willowbrook, Athens, Compton and other communities in the 2nd Supervisorial District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1999 | JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Kren Malone is young, hip and out to change the world. From her desk at the public library. "I saw ignorance at its worst," the 24-year-old Los Angeles city librarian said about growing up in the poorer neighborhoods of Compton. "Being in public librarianship allows me to do something about that."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1999
* Mission: To provide readers with recommendations from the Los Angeles County Public Library for good fiction books. One of the most common requests made of the library staff is for book recommendations. Faced with virtually endless options for works of fiction, patrons have been turning to professionals, and in response, the library created the Librarian's Bookshelf online.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1996 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First it was the school district. Then it was the San Fernando Valley's quest to secede from the rest of the city of Los Angeles. The new target of the breakup frenzy? Libraries. Library backers from Agoura Hills and the San Gabriel Valley said Monday they support proposals making it easier for cities to break away from the county's massive, 88-library system. Currently, if cities opt out of the county library system, they also forfeit the property taxes used to fund the facilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1994
Gilbert Cedillo's suggestions ("An Alternative to Massive Budget Cuts," Commentary, July 13) deserve a high place on the discussion agenda. Let us expand on Cedillo's suggestions with the concept of "time sharing." First, closed and underutilized libraries can time share with Head Start providers, thereby bringing funds for facilities and equipment rental into the Los Angeles County library system. This money should be used to maintain or restore services to library patrons. Second, county managers should look to time sharing generally for the 10 to 16 hours per day that facilities are not used.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1994
The head of the county's 87-branch library system said Friday she will fight to create a tax district that would provide a permanent funding source for the cash-strapped agency. By September, Sandra Reuben said, she hopes the county will have a Community Facilities District. In such zones, similar to fire protection districts, residents are required to pay an annual fee, depending on the estimated benefit of the service to a property owner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1999 | JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Kren Malone is young, hip and out to change the world. From her desk at the public library. "I saw ignorance at its worst," the 24-year-old Los Angeles city librarian said about growing up in the poorer neighborhoods of Compton. "Being in public librarianship allows me to do something about that."
NEWS
June 30, 1994
Once again the Los Angeles County Library system is threatening our Hermosa Beach library with closure--total shutdown sometime in July or August. Whether this is simply another political ploy, or the library is really to be boarded up, is not the issue. The point is that our situation is unacceptable. The county collects about $304,000 from Hermosa Beach property owners, tax revenue mandated for yearly library services. With a two-day-a-week library operation, we're not getting our money's worth!
NEWS
August 22, 1993
I cannot believe what I read in the newspapers recently. The state of California will be helping out Disneyland to the tune of millions of dollars at a time when it has just cut the funding of the 87 libraries in the Los Angeles County library system. We should be ashamed of ourselves! It has been said that this move will create jobs in Orange County; how does that help when the other action just cut the jobs of 500 dedicated library workers? Don't we have enough entertainment that does little to improve the reading skills of our children who believe that Walt Disney wrote "Winnie the Pooh," "Aladdin," "Bambi" and any other classic that he could get his claws into and smear with his insipid goo. I work at Diamond Bar Library.
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