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October 23, 2012
The Casa Verdugo Library has been sacked. When the library reopened after being remodeled, the majority of the books were gone. The wonderful book collection compiled over a period of 27 years by librarian Mary Alice Wollam is gone. Now only a small wall of books make up the library. Our lovely library has been turned into a cavernous study hall. This is very sad for book-lovers who like to peruse the books and choose different ones of interest. At a time when resources are not there for libraries, why are the books already in a good collection being discarded?
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 20, 2012
Extensive renovations to the Casa Verdugo library are nearing completion, but work on the adjoining fire station still has a long way to go. Even as a significant portion of the second floor at Fire Station 26 is being gutted, officials hope to open the Casa Verdugo library on the 1100 block of North Brand Boulevard before May 1 - excluding any construction delays, Libraries Director Cindy Cleary said. The library and fire station have shared the building since 1951. A complete teardown of the building had been planned, but when the economy took a downturn in 2008, those plans were quashed, said Glendale Fire Battalion Chief Greg Godfrey.
NEWS
By Dan Evans | December 1, 2012
They say when an older person dies, a library is lost. If that's the case, I met a university-sized one Monday, and I'd like to preserve at least some of the stacks for perpetuity. Enter Genevieve Fisher, a 98-year-old woman who has lived in the same house on Norton Avenue in Glendale since she was 23. For those of you keeping score, that would be during Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first term, and just a few blocks away from the high school named for FDR's predecessor. Fisher got in touch with me after reading my last column, in which I mentioned a business story that ran in the Oct. 4, 1955, edition of the Glendale News-Press.
NEWS
April 20, 2012
Extensive renovations to the Casa Verdugo library are nearing completion, but work on the adjoining fire station still has a long way to go. Even as a significant portion of the second floor at Fire Station 26 is gutted, officials hope to open the Casa Verdugo library on the 1100 block of North Brand Boulevard before May 1 - excluding any construction delays, Libraries Director Cindy Cleary said. The library and fire station have shared the building since 1951. A complete tear-down of the building had been planned, but when the economy took a downturn in 2008, those plans were squashed, said Glendale Fire Battalion Chief Greg Godfrey.
NEWS
April 23, 2002
Marshall Allen LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- The new Information Resource Center at La Canada High School, also known as the library, will open to the public starting today. As part of a formal joint-use facilities agreement between the city of La Canada Flintridge and the La Canada Unified School District, community members will have free access to both online and in-house resources. The extended hours of operation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
NEWS
By Robert S. Hong | December 2, 2006
SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — The jungle was brought to the city's public library Friday afternoon for a select group of students who found themselves face-to-face with a live alligator and 5-foot snake. Dozens of fidgety preschoolers gathered with their teachers in the building's auditorium and crowded around Pacific Animal Productions' Cindi Cavallini, who would be their guide to unlocking the secrets of the jungle over the next 40 minutes. The program — provided through a grant from the Pasadena Collaborative Literary Project — was aimed at providing the type of entertainment that could ignite an interest in reading for young students, said Pasadena librarian Pamela Groves-Gaggioli, who helped put on the presentation.
NEWS
October 20, 2001
Alecia Foster NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- Agnes Barnes was the type of person who gave and gave and never expected anything in return. "That's just the way she was -- she wanted to do for everyone else," remembered Margaret Dahmus, Barnes' former secretary. Barnes, Glenoaks Elementary School's first principal, spent 35 years giving to the community there. On Friday evening, the community gave a little something back. School officials renamed the school's library after Barnes, who died in 1989, and her late husband, Charles.
NEWS
March 2, 2002
Marshall Allen LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- Sandra Rooney and Shirley Reger, two Glendale artists, will be showing their work at the La Canada Flintridge library during the month of March. The library's hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It's at 4545 Oakwood Ave., La Canada Flintridge. The two artists are members of the Verdugo Hills Art Association, Collage Artists of America and Women Painters West.
NEWS
By robin goldsworthy valley sun | March 21, 2008
The Montrose branch of the Glendale library launched its young reader?s book club this past Tuesday. According to librarian Jennifer Boyce, about 14 kids came to the kick off event, and decided that the first book they?d be reading is American Born Chinese, a graphic novel by Gene Yang. ?I?m very excited about their choice,? said Boyce. ?For many, it will be the first time that they?ve read a graphic novel.? The club meets every third Tuesday of the month from 4 to 5 p.m. at the library at 2465 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose.
NEWS
June 6, 2003
Joshua Pelzer People trying to renew library books online will get more than they bargained for if they do not type in the library's Web address exactly as it should be. Residents who go to www.glendalepubliclibrary.org will find information on library services, events and links to the city's Web site. But when the last portion is replaced with ".com," viewers connect with an anti-abortion site that displays graphic pictures, videos and diagrams of aborted fetuses and abortion procedures.
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By Kirk Silsbee | April 4, 2014
His birth certificate said Birmingham, Ala., but the man who called himself Sun Ra declared that he was from the planet Saturn. Miles Davis set the late 1950s standard for jazz couture with his Italian tailored suits, but Ra wore Africanized capes, tunics and cartoonish headgear. After the big band era ended, he retained a respected core of musicians in his orchestra for decades - an achievement only duplicated by Duke Ellington. Though he operated on the fringes of the jazz world, Sun Ra (named for the Egyptian solar god)
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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 | March 25, 2014
Historic elements of the Brand Library & Arts Center - the bright painted ceilings, elaborate glass windows, a stone fireplace, wooden sliding doors and an intricate art pedestal - that were hidden by modern renovations over more than five decades have been uncovered following an extensive $9.5-million restoration project. And officials who worked on the two-year construction project now point to the hidden details as proof that they accomplished their original vision for the project: to remind people what it felt like for city patriarch Leslie C. Brand to live in the 1904 mansion.
NEWS
By Ruth Sowby | March 25, 2014
After an extensive, two-year renovation, the Brand Library & Art Center reopened with a celebrity gala. Close to 150 supporters got a first look at the brand new library and art center's facelift. Last Saturday, handsome men, with or without black ties, and their ladies who strolled the gallery also had the chance to be the first to view the inaugural exhibition of mixed-work pieces from contemporary artists. In 1998, members of the Glendale City Council approved the multimillion dollar funding for the Brand Library and Art Center.
NEWS
March 20, 2014
La Crescenta author Bonnie Schroeder will read excerpts from her recently published novel, “Mending Dreams,” and signing copies at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 1010 Foothill Blvd in La Cañada. Schroeder's book tells the story of a woman trying to forgive her gay, dying ex-husband before she is consumed by bitterness. For more information, call the bookstore at (818) 790-0717. --- Gelson's will hold a grand opening for its newest location at 9 a.m. next Thursday at 635 Foothill Blvd.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 13, 2014
In preparation for the 13 t h annual Cesar Chavez Day celebration in Glendale, Pacific Park Library is hosting weekly events to teach children about Chavez's life. As the children learn lessons about the civil rights activist and farm worker who rallied union laborers for better working conditions, they are also creating crafts that will be on display at the community event on March 29 at the Pacific Park Community Center. On Thursday, the children made paper baskets.
COMMUNITY
By Nicole Charky, nicole.charky@latimes.com | February 11, 2014
Novelist Chris Bohjalian knows that he inherited a history of survival. As the descendant of Armenian genocide survivors, The New York Times best-selling author discovered resilience was in his blood, inspiring his epic love story “The Sandcastle Girls.” Library staff selected his work for Glendale's One Book/One City project, an open invitation for local residents to read a novel together. “They found me,” said Bohjalian, the first Armenian American author to be featured in the reading event in conversation with City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Glendale Central Library.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 23, 2014
The City Council this week moved closer to solidifying a new rule that would more than double the fees apartment developers must pay to offset impacts to the city's parks and libraries as a development boom in Glendale continues. The council is expected to finalize the new ordinance, which would also impact other types of developers, next week. For developers of multi-unit projects, the fee would increase per-unit impact fee from $7,000 to $18,751. The council initially set the rate below what was recommended by a consultant in 2007 to encourage development in downtown, but now that developers are increasingly attracted to the city, there's no need to intensify demand, officials said.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 15, 2014
Children as young as 5 years old embarked on a scavenger hunt this week at the Montrose Library where they were given the task of measuring a dozen items - including themselves. Children's librarian Erin Straley said the library hosts a scavenger hunt every quarter and that this month's activity helped to reinforce what children learn in school. They measured bookcases and a computer screen as well as recorded the diameter of a round table and the circumference of a globe, among other challenges.
NEWS
January 14, 2014
Re “ New year will follow some familiar stories...Museum, library changes ” (Jan. 2): If a pending Carrell Associates survey is similar to the survey submitted to the City Council by the Rose Institute in late December, it will ask very general questions of respondents about their attitudes toward the city placing a parcel tax (“assessment district”) for parks, libraries and safety services on the June ballot (“Survey: Glendale residents open to new taxes”, Dec. 20). Yet, last July the Glendale City Council, on a closely divided 3-2 vote, voted down the following “Alternative 2: (Should the city)
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