we took a trip East about 20 miles yesterday and visited not one but two libraries (bliss), watched a few moments of a baseball game near the bleachers (doesn’t every Californian high school remind one of the movie with Mr. Travolta?), eavesdropped on the local orchestra rehearsal in the community room and bought a paper bag of ripe peaches at the farmer’s market.
another perfect saturday – but a first for us – we’d never been up to la canada flintridge but it’s starting us thinking about visiting ALL of the other branches in the Los Angeles County Library System
because many of them have such great histories – for example – here’s the story behind the one in Florence (that would be L.A county, not Italia, darlings)
Library service to the Florence community began in 1914 as a collection of 125 titles housed in the home of Fred W. Cleland at 1920 E. Florence Avenue, with Mrs. Maude Cleland as the volunteer custodian of the collection. On June 30, 1915, the collection of 508 books was moved to the Florence Avenue Elementary School.
In 1920, the collection of 1,000 books and 11 magazine subscriptions was moved into a building with a converted stable at 7607 Crocket Boulevard. In 1924, the library was housed at 7215 Beach Boulevard and was again moved in 1931/32 to a storefront building at the corner of Makee Street and Florence Avenue. This storefront facility was refurbished in 1964 for the 50th anniversary of the Florence Library.
In 1970, the library was moved to the current location. The Library was refurbished beginning December 2001 and reopened May 2002.
and the one we visited yesterday in la canada flintridge (such a curious name for a town – we saw no flint at all – and nothing reminded us of Canada – well, it was Very Green, tis true) has been circulating books since 1913.
The La Cañada Flintridge Library was established in May 1913 and was originally housed in the rear of a general store. It was the second branch of the Los Angeles County Public Library system.
The library was moved in 1915 to the La Cañada Elementary School where it remained through 1934. At that time, the library relocated again to a Foothill Boulevard store location where it stayed until June 1947.
A La Cañada Elementary School shop building provided temporary quarters until a library was built and opened on February 22, 1951. The library’s current building was opened on June 16, 1971.
The library was refurbished in 1998 to freshen the interior and the checkout desk was replaced in 2002.
they seem to have had a distinct fan of Mr. Neil Simon sometime in the book buying late 70s too (so interesting to find patterns in purchasing….)
happy sunday darlings.
isn’t life delicious?