After years of discussion, the library closed in September 2007 to make way for the 15,000-square-foot, two-story replacement, which will feature separate adult and children’s sections, a community meeting room, study rooms and wireless Internet access.
Whereas residents complained the old library had a cramped feel, the new library boasts high ceilings, large windows and skylights. Native rock work is featured on the exterior, while several murals line the library’s interior. The adult section’s mural is a muted depiction of hillside views, while the children’s section got a more colorful depiction of a children’s toy chest.
Until the library’s opening, residents are encouraged to use the La Cañada Flintridge branch at 4545 N. Oakwood Ave.
The Los Angeles-based Museum of Neon Art could move into a vacant, city-owned building across from the Americana at Brand under a proposed agreement that, if successful, would represent one the largest cultural jolts to downtown in years.