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Los Angeles Central Library Turns 90 Today

“Today is the 90th birthday of dear Central Library, a place that has launched a million hopes and dreams for Angelenos in its nine decades. Hardly anywhere else in the city can own the cultural credentials of this stately institution. While the history of Central is often measured only by the building and its architecture, I am compelled to remind everyone I can that Central Library has always been about books, research, ideas, liberating knowledge, and—most of all—the people on both sides of the reference desks; my own intimate relationship with the old beauty goes way beyond bricks and mortar.” (via Los Angeles Magazine)

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For International Women’s Day, meet L.A.’s first female head librarian – a teenager who settled bar bets and worked to get women the right to vote

“In 1880, Los Angeles was a young city in need of a head librarian. After formally establishing a city library in 1872, the first two picks for the top job had been duds: Newspaper editor John C. Littlefield offended patrons with the pungent odor of Jimson weed, which he smoked for his asthma; Patrick Connolly was deemed more fond of the contents of the saloon on the first floor of the building at Spring and Temple than the library rooms on the second. The City Council vowed to “elect a lady librarian” to fill the position.” (via LA Times)

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He’s 48, just graduated high school and owes it all to the library

“Ron Hagardt didn’t finish high school when he was supposed to, in 1985. Drinking led to pot, which led to cocaine, which led to dropping out of Sonora High School in La Habra during his senior year. Now he’s 48, four years sober — and a high school graduate. On Tuesday, Hagardt wore a blue cap and gown and moved the golden tassel across his mortarboard during a ceremony at the Los Angeles Public Library in downtown.” (via LA Times)

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Los Angeles libraries return on Sundays and more good library news

“After several years in the fiscal wilderness, the Los Angeles Public Library, and California libraries in general, are mounting a comeback. On Jan. 12, Sunday hours were restored at eight of the system’s 72 regional branches and at the Central Library downtown. Back in the dark days of 2010, when it seemed everyone was still trying to climb out of the hole of the Great Recession, I visited a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library in East Hollywood. It was the same one where my immigrant father learned to read English in 1962. The library system had been forced to cut $22 million and 328 full-time positions from the library’s budget and close all its branches on Sundays and Mondays. I interviewed people arriving to find a closed library.” (via latimes.com)

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Gale Partners with Career Online High School to Deliver Accredited High School Diploma Program through Public Libraries Nationwide

“Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading provider of educational content, tools and services to libraries, schools and businesses, announced today the launch of Career Online High School to its public library partners. Now available to public libraries nationwide, this groundbreaking program allows libraries to demonstrate their critical impact on the quality of life and economic growth of their communities by enabling library patrons to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate. Part of the world’s first accredited, private online school district, Career Online High School is specifically designed to reengage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary education or the workforce. Los Angeles Public Library, one of the largest public library systems in the United States, is the first institution to deliver Career Online High School to its community.” (via Cengage Learning)

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