One story-obsessed couple help to make used books a destination for other local bookworms at the Glendale Public Library's Book Nook.
After living in Cincinnati all their lives, Stan and Helene Block moved to Glendale in 2001, and by 2002 they were trying to make the library better with Friends of the Glendale Public Library.
Each week, either one can be found on the first floor of Glendale Central Library in the Book Nook, a spot where library patrons can buy gently used books or DVDs.
The two joined the Friends, a group of about 25 volunteers, to fill their spare time.
"We were looking for something," Helene Block said. "We've always been doing public service work, and we were looking for something here in Glendale that would interest us."
The idea was the brainchild of Sandy Childs, another local volunteer at the library.
"She had been working already with the powers that be to try and get a used bookstore started at the library," Stan Block said. "There were some around in Los Angeles County. It was largely her efforts when the library did a remodel and was able to move a lot of the things around."