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Thursday, 06 September 2012 04:39

San Fernando Library Holds A Local Celebration

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San Fernando Librarian Paula Hock and Children's Services Librarian Hilda A. Casas invite the public to the San Fernando county library birthday celebration

The County of Los Angeles Public Library turned 100 years old Wednesday and the San Fernando library, as a county library will hold a special celebration for its centennial on Saturday, September 8 at 2:00 p.m. The San Fernando library plans activities for all ages said librarian Paula Hock.

"Children will be working on a time capsule art project and teens and adults will be making dollar bill origami." she said. "There will be a big birthday cake and we will pass out birthday bags and will have various library goodies along witha paperback book in every bag."

While the county library is 100 years old, the San Fernando library was first opened in November 1914 and is nearly 100 years too," confirmed Hock.

"As far as we know it was the first public library in the San Fernando Valley. "It was in the industrial arts building of the San Fernando Union High School at 130 North Brand."

Hock shared that during the first year, the San Fernando library opened it had 156 borrowers and they borrowed 1,849 books.

"It was the branch of the library county free library which was the name of the county library at the time."

Hock said what she loves most about the San Fernando library today, is it's community. "It's the people who make every day special and I want to encourage people to come to the library on our birthday and every day."

The Board of Supervisors voted to create the Los Angeles County Free Library on Sept. 5, 1912. It began with a collection of 50 books in one room at a residence in Willowbrook.

The county library system now houses more than 7 million books and other items, has welcomed more than 11 million visitors and provided more than 2 million computer sessions to county residents.

"As we approach this milestone looking ahead to the 21st century and beyond, we'd like to reflect on the past 100 years marked by our commitment to ensure that everyone has access to information and technology and to provide an inviting and safe space for the community to come together,'' said L.A. County Librarian Margaret Donnellan Todd. Todd also encouraged residents to visit the county libraries.

The San Fernando Library is located at 217 N. Maclay Ave. San Fernando, CA 91340 Phone: (818) 365-6928. A list of activities, including a photo contest, can be found at www.colapublib.org/100 under the link "Birthday Party'' or by calling (562) 940-8559.

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