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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | June 18, 2013
The project costs for a Central Library revamp have ballooned from $10 million to $15 million, and while the City Council on Tuesday agreed the renovations are necessary to revive the city's core, they didn't make a decision on how to fill the funding gap because two members were absent. Officials plan to discuss funding options again in two weeks but it may be difficult to reach a consensus because the three council members who were present differed in their approaches to the problem.
NEWS
September 9, 2000
Buck Wargo CITY HALL -- Glendale will have its first Sunday library service in more than two decades. The Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St., will be open from 1 until 5 p.m. on Sunday. The City Council voted in June to budget $100,000 for the hour expansion. The Central Library will offer regular services of circulation, reference and the children's room. In 1993, library hours citywide were trimmed from 235 to 188 because of budget cuts caused by the recession.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | July 13, 2013
As a single mother of three kids working two jobs, snorting crystal meth made Debra Collins feel like she could "climb a mountain. " "I felt like I was a fully charged light bulb. " But then Collins lost her job. Bills went unpaid. Checks bounced. She racked up hundreds of dollars of bank overdraft fees. Eventually, Collins had to give up her three children. She became homeless. Her addiction worsened. "I was in such a black, black place," said Collins, who, sitting in a downtown Los Angeles office building in black slacks, chic glasses and a flowered blouse, seemed light years away from being a rail-thin meth addict with skin drooping off a sunken face.
NEWS
April 12, 2002
Gary Moskowitz GLENDALE -- The Glendale Public Library will host several activities and events throughout its celebration of National Library Week April 14 through 20. All events are free, open to the public and sponsored by the Friends of the Glendale Public Library. Events take place at The week of April 14 to 20 will be a fine-free week. Library materials returned during the week to any Glendale Public Library will have no late fines. Rental, lost materials ad collection agency fees remain in effect.
NEWS
January 20, 2000
Buck Wargo CITY HALL -- The king of computers just added Glendale to his kingdom. Well, sort of. Billionare software mogul Bill Gates has given a $97,241 grant to the Glendale Library through his Gates Library Initiative. The Microsoft founder's iniative makes public libraries with a poverty population of more than 10% eligible for the grant. Computer work stations, software, hardware, computer lab equipment, and training and technical support are included in the grant.
NEWS
February 5, 2002
Karen S. Kim SOUTHEAST GLENDALE -- Writer Alice Navasargian will speak at the Glendale Public Library's central branch at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15. Navasargian, a Glendale resident, will discuss her book "Armenian Women of the Stage," which traces the contributions of 63 Armenian actresses from 1840 to 1999. Actress and singer Cher, opera singer Hasmik Papian and actress Arlene Francis are included in Navasargian's book. The event will also include the performances of three Glendale musicians -- violinist Ani Bukujian, singer Helena Melikyan and violinist Jennifer Mayer.
NEWS
February 1, 2012
The Friends of the Glendale Public Library unanimously support Senate Bill 659 to extend the deadline to dissolve redevelopment agencies from Feb.1 to April 15 (“Support for SB 659,” Jan. 27). This additional time would allow for the orderly unwinding of California's redevelopment program. The Glendale public library system has benefited from redevelopment funds. Most recently, it was hoped that that such funds would support a major renovation of the Central Library. We urge all residents to write their legislative representatives to support SB 659. John Steele Glendale Editor's note: Steele is president of the Friends of the Glendale Public Library.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | January 4, 2010
CITY HALL ? Proposed projects in central Glendale ? including a face lift for the Central Library and a new soccer field at Columbus Elementary ? could receive financing through a nearly $29-million bond the City Council will review Tuesday. When the governor approved a $1.7-billion take-away of local redevelopment funds in July, city officials said they would have to postpone the proposed bond, which was incorporated into the city?s five-year Capital Improvement Program. While two of the projects intended to be funded with bond proceeds ?
NEWS
January 29, 2000
Always a cornerstone of our democratic society, a strong public library system has become an even more vital necessity in the Information Age. Inarguably, knowledge is the key to success even to survival in a world where those with it have power and money while those without it are doomed to poverty and hopelessness. Information technology is transforming our lives in myriad ways, both those of which we are aware and those we'll know about only years from now. Already a concern of those we elect to shape public policy, equal access to the technology required to access the vast information warehouse known as the Internet is rapidly becoming a major social issue.
NEWS
January 10, 2004
LCUSD board members to discuss bond and parcel tax LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- Members of the La Canada Unified School District board Wednesday will make a presentation to the Palm Crest Elementary School's Parent-Teacher Assn. of the bond and parcel tax it voted to place on the March 2 ballot. Board members will explain what the bond and parcel tax are, why they voted to place them on the same ballot, and what each will be used for. They will also answer questions about the measures.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 28, 2014
Several children visiting the Glendale Central Library on Friday created tin-can men using recycled objects such as tin cans, pipe cleaners and milk caps under the library's Art Cart program that uses donated and recycled items for young children to create art. The Art Cart is available to children on Fridays through the end of April and again at the beginning of June. It was the idea of children's librarian Lessa Pelayo-Lozada and children's library assistant Cecile Phan, who welcome donated (and cleaned out)
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 16, 2014
For the second time, the idea of changing the name of Central Park to Veterans Park fell flat with a lower-level city commission, which recommended earlier this week that the City Council wait until future capital improvements near the park are complete before considering renaming it. Back in 2011, the City Council decided to not change the name, as recommended by a local veterans group. Now, council members want to consider the name swap again, but it's city policy to first get a recommendation from the appointed members of the Parks, Recreation & Community Services Commission.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 19, 2013
Five-year-old Angelina Vesselinov wants Glendale to have a pink hotel near a park where she plays hide-and-seek with her best friend. So she drew one on construction paper and glued it onto a large piece of brown butcher paper rolled onto the stage at the Central Library's auditorium. Angelina was part of a group of 25 people who helped create a mural showing off Glendale's skyline and the people and buildings that make up the community. The mural project is one of several events being hosted this month by Glendale's Library, Arts and Culture Department as part of The Big Draw L.A., a local spin-off of a nationwide event in the month of October.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 17, 2013
A $15 million renovation of the Central Library just got a bit more expensive. The City Council this week approved spending an extra $374,966 to add an incubator space where people can work on creative projects, and a room dedicated to the Armenian genocide and other man-made tragedies. The project will also include seismic improvements and other infrastructure work at the library. The overall renovation project aims to upgrade and modernize the library's facilities as developers and the city continue to revive the Arts & Entertainment District in downtown with the incoming Museum of Neon Art and several new apartment complexes.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | July 27, 2013
Twenty years ago, Cindy Cleary was working in Glendale's Central Library when a recipe in a special collections room caught her eye. It was a recipe for cooking a cat. "That was a stunner when I came across that," said Cleary, who is now director of Library Arts & Culture for the city. The cat-cooking recipe was part of an extensive collection of feline-related books at the Glendale Central Library that, at its height, was deemed the largest in the nation. At one point, the collection had more than 4,000 cat-related books and other items, including cat magazines, photographs and calendars.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | July 24, 2013
Elise Kalfayan plans to create a higher profile of the Friends of the Glendale Public Library in her second term as president. Since 1990, the Friends have raised more than $750,000 in support of library services and materials. The group also promotes programs, volunteer activities and fundraising for the needs of all the branches in the Glendale community. One of the priorities this year is increasing the donated book sales, Kalfayan said. The Friends group plans to do more outreach to inform people of the monthly "dock sales" that are from 9 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of the month on the loading dock at the rear of Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St. "We also will be promoting our Amazon.com page, where we sell online those high-value books that are donated to us," she said.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | July 20, 2013
One year into the $9.5-million renovation and seismic retrofit of Glendale's Brand Library & Art Center, the original 1904 mansion of city father Leslie C. Brand is starting to look like itself again. Drab "popcorn" ceilings installed during the estate's 1956 conversion to a library have been stripped away and replaced with hand-painted Victorian stencil work that was recreated from originals hidden for more than half a century. PHOTOS: Brand Library renovations continue Plain white walls are now back to their vintage deep blues, greens and reds.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | July 17, 2013
Opting to avoid taxing property owners, the City Council on Tuesday decided to borrow $5 million from Glendale's reserves to pay for the increased costs of the Central Library revamp. The cost of the renovations - which include moving the library entrance, relocating a staircase, seismic repairs and other improvements - has ballooned from $10 million to $15 million, not including the roughly $900,000 the city paid for design work. The City Council approved the additional funding on a 3-2 vote.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | July 13, 2013
As a single mother of three kids working two jobs, snorting crystal meth made Debra Collins feel like she could "climb a mountain. " "I felt like I was a fully charged light bulb. " But then Collins lost her job. Bills went unpaid. Checks bounced. She racked up hundreds of dollars of bank overdraft fees. Eventually, Collins had to give up her three children. She became homeless. Her addiction worsened. "I was in such a black, black place," said Collins, who, sitting in a downtown Los Angeles office building in black slacks, chic glasses and a flowered blouse, seemed light years away from being a rail-thin meth addict with skin drooping off a sunken face.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | June 18, 2013
The project costs for a Central Library revamp have ballooned from $10 million to $15 million, and while the City Council on Tuesday agreed the renovations are necessary to revive the city's core, they didn't make a decision on how to fill the funding gap because two members were absent. Officials plan to discuss funding options again in two weeks but it may be difficult to reach a consensus because the three council members who were present differed in their approaches to the problem.
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