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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1991
In response to the Oct. 6 letter by Ginger Reed ("Library Is Given Some Low Marks"), I wish to praise the Santa Ana Public Library. For many years I have used its excellent services. I have found the librarians gracious and helpful and the resources adequate. This, too, has been the experience of my friends. FERN ZIMMERMAN, Santa Ana
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September 1, 2002
Re "Latinos Finding Nada on Library Shelves," Aug. 25: I am beginning to wonder if this is still America or just beginning to become Mexico del Norte. How upside-down can this political correctness get when it is bemoaned by Latino activists that there are no, or not enough, Spanish-language books in the Santa Ana Public Library, and soft-headed American political scientists agree? The absurdity of this takes more shape when you wonder how many books written in English there are in Mexican libraries for the English-speaking Americans who live there, and how much the Mexican librarians care.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1996
Recently, I had the distinct displeasure of visiting the Santa Ana Public Library. To tell the truth, I'm not even sure they still call it that. The facility, which once served all the public freely and with pride, now serves only those who live and work in Santa Ana, unless the nonresident pays $45 for a library card. This, in spite of the fact that for years it used state and federal funding to build and provide its current stature. If the truth were known, it still does, by one means or another.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1986 | Ray Perez
An electronic security system to prevent unauthorized taking of books has been installed at the main Santa Ana Public Library and at the Newhope and McFadden branches. Library Director Rob Richard said the new system trips a detector if a person attempts to leave the library with materials that have not been properly checked out. He said the system also can detect materials placed in briefcases or bags.
NEWS
September 1, 2002
Re "Latinos Finding Nada on Library Shelves," Aug. 25: I am beginning to wonder if this is still America or just beginning to become Mexico del Norte. How upside-down can this political correctness get when it is bemoaned by Latino activists that there are no, or not enough, Spanish-language books in the Santa Ana Public Library, and soft-headed American political scientists agree? The absurdity of this takes more shape when you wonder how many books written in English there are in Mexican libraries for the English-speaking Americans who live there, and how much the Mexican librarians care.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1991 | GREG HERNANDEZ
Read this carefully, library book scofflaws. Anyone who has an old, long-overdue book sitting around the house will have a week in which to return it--without penalty. The Santa Ana Public Library system has announced a one-week moratorium which began Sunday on overdue fines on materials such as books, cassettes and magazines, regardless of how long they have been checked out. This "forgiveness" week was initiated by library officials as part of its Centennial observances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1993
The Santa Ana Public Library has received more than 740 new Spanish-language books as a gift from the Mexican consulate, library officials said. The donated volumes include children's picture books, encyclopedias, art and science texts on each state in the Mexican Republic and bestsellers such as "Like Water for Chocolate," said librarian Ninfa Duran.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1986
Readers Check Out Cameras: Polaroid cameras are now available at an unlikely place: the Santa Ana Public Library. The Polaroid 640 Instant Land Cameras can be checked out with a library card, said spokeswoman Rosalind Morris. Borrowers must be at least 18 years old and may check the cameras out for two weeks. Donated by the Polaroid Corp., the 20 cameras have been in circulation for about three months, and so far all have been returned in good shape, Morris said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1994 | JON NALICK
The Santa Ana Public Library has reopened and expanded its after-school homework center, which provides free academic help to intermediate and high school students. The service is also being offered at the Newhope and McFadden branch libraries, said spokeswoman Mimi Hovda. At the main library, 26 Civic Center Plaza, the homework center is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 to 7:45 p.m. At the branch libraries, the service is offered only Mondays from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
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December 7, 1994 | JULIE BAWDEN DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Linda Hanks recently broke her ankle and didn't work on the Santa Ana Public Library bookmobile for several months, she received periodic calls from a library patron she'd gotten to know over the past five years. "I was really touched to get calls from her," says Hanks, who has worked 14 years on the bookmobile, an RV or cabin truck stocked with library books that travels to designated places regularly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1994 | JON NALICK
The Santa Ana Public Library has reopened and expanded its after-school homework center, which provides free academic help to intermediate and high school students. The service is also being offered at the Newhope and McFadden branch libraries, said spokeswoman Mimi Hovda. At the main library, 26 Civic Center Plaza, the homework center is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 to 7:45 p.m. At the branch libraries, the service is offered only Mondays from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1994 | JON NALICK
Like many of the students at Edison Elementary School, Lupe Osorio, 9, has never been to the local library because it's too far to walk. But that doesn't stop her from getting all the books she wants: The library comes to her. Standing inside a 35-foot-long bookmobile trailer crammed with shelves of books and magazines, Lupe said she loves to read. "If they didn't come, I'd be sad," she said after giving the librarian a Valentine's Day card thanking her for coming to the school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1993
The Santa Ana Public Library has received more than 740 new Spanish-language books as a gift from the Mexican consulate, library officials said. The donated volumes include children's picture books, encyclopedias, art and science texts on each state in the Mexican Republic and bestsellers such as "Like Water for Chocolate," said librarian Ninfa Duran.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1993 | JON NALICK
Looking for employment just got a little easier under a new program at the Santa Ana Public Library. Job seekers can now read through thousands of help-wanted ads compiled on microfiche from Sunday newspapers nationwide. Each week, the library will make available an unedited list of job opportunities from newspapers in 64 cities across the United States, said program spokeswoman Kitty Taylor. The cities were selected for their desirable living conditions and potential for job growth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1993 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The room is full of ghosts. Unmoving eyes stare out from black-and-white photographs on the walls. Yellowing newspapers chronicle past celebrations and mournings. Leather-bound scrapbooks cradle clippings of hometown boys who served in World War II. Welcome to the Santa Ana History Room at the Santa Ana Public Library. The special department, which opened in 1977, mostly has records about the city of Santa Ana.
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October 7, 1991 | ZAN DUBIN
A weeklong series of lectures, a children's art exhibit and other free events to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' first voyage begins today. "Discovery Week," based on the theme of discovery and learning, is coordinated by city of Santa Ana Recreation and Community Services Department, the Santa Ana Public Library, the Santa Ana Unified School District and the Orange County American Italian Renaissance Foundation, which conducts activities relating to Italian history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1991
Re "Reading a Lot Into a Birthday" (Sept. 25): It would seem the Santa Ana Public Library has always suffered from being unclear on the concept! Your article stated that 100 years ago, the goal of the librarians was to "suppress materials"! Now, 100 years later, librarians are stressing the natural light and shorter stacks as the major assets in the new library. As a writer who needs frequent research materials, and with a decade of past experience as a library assistant, I have tried to use the Santa Ana Library on numerous occasions because its location is convenient to me. I have found the card catalogue did not reflect the true inventory available on the shelves in far too many instances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1992 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even before city and business leaders begin looking for program cuts or fee hikes to make up for revenue losses created by the new state budget, local library board members are hoping to scuttle one budget-balancing idea now being floated--transferring the city's libraries to Orange County, or charging fees for services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1992 | MARESA ARCHER
The city library is asking residents to bring in proof-of-purchase seals from Mott's apple juice and apple sauce products as part of a book drive. For each proof-of-purchase seal collected by the library, Mott's will donate 25 cents toward the purchase of new books, library officials said. The program began Tuesday and runs through November, said Margaret Owens, library service manager. "The success of the program really relies on the public," she said.
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