quality of life in Glendale and specifically serve their
neighborhood. The Grandview branch dates to 1923; the Casa Verdugo to
1926; the Montrose to 1953; and the Chevy Chase to 1972.
Branch libraries have already given their fair share to Glendale.
Casa Verdugo went from being open 44 hours per week prior to 1978, 41
1/2 hours prior to 1993, and now is open 29 hours per week. Won't the
residents of Glendale get a surprise when they go to their favorite
branch library only to find the already diminished hours have been
shortened or that the library is completely closed! It is a sad state
of affairs when a service so vital is about to hit the chopping block
Many patrons prefer the branch libraries to the Central Library.
Every day, the branches are filled width patrons reading, doing
homework, using the computer or just enjoying the solace while
perusing their favorite magazine.
These branch libraries are a treasured part of the neighborhood
and should remain open for more than a few hours weekly. The library
is a vital resource for our schoolchildren and adults as well.
Library Story Hour, for instance, is an entertaining way for young
children to be introduced to the library and its resources. Class
trips to the library encourage gathering knowledge and the use of the
library's many facets of resource material.
Many people, particular seniors and children, are unable to leave
their neighborhood to get to the Central Library, as the article
implies. It is a "let them eat cake" attitude to say that those
wishing to use the library can take the bus or Bee Line or drive the
short distance to the Central Library. Traffic is an issue in
Glendale. This would only add to the congestion. Casa Verdugo is in a
pedestrian-oriented neighborhood, as are many other branches. If
hours are cut or branch libraries such as the Casa Verdugo are
closed, people will simply stop going to the library, period!
In difficult economic times, the neighborhood library can be a
gathering place for people to get together to talk and read more
about worldwide situations and help close the gap in our
multicultural community. During the Depression of the 1930s, the
libraries were open. After the terrorist attacks of September 11,
many people came to the Casa Verdugo as a meeting place just to talk
about their feelings.
The City Council cares about the public libraries and want to know
what you think. Your opinion is important in keeping the libraries
open. Please raise your voice today.
LINDA M. OLDENKAMP