(April 13, 2007) -- Restoration of library hours at six LB libraries (five neighborhood branches plus the Main branch) will begin in the coming days.
Starting Saturday, April 14, three neighborhood libraries will be open one day more a week (totaling five days a week Tuesday-Saturday):
- Bach Library, 4055 Bellflower Blvd., (additional day open is Saturday)
- Bay Shore Library, 195 Bay Shore Ave. (additional day open is Tuesday)
- Los Altos Library, 5614 E. Britton Dr. (additional day open is Thursday)
Two neighborhood libraries will be open two more days a week (totaling six days a week on a Monday-Saturday):
- El Dorado Library, 2900 Studebaker Rd. (additional days open are Monday and Wednesday)
- Bret Harte Library, 1595 W. Willow St. (additional days open are Monday and Friday)
There'll be a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Ruth Bach branch (4055 Bellflower at Carson) with Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske...and on Monday, Councilwoman Schipske will be present at the El Dorado branch from noon to 1 p.m. for a small "punch and cookies " reception hosted by the Councilwoman and the LB Firefighter's Association.
And as of Monday April 16, the Main Library (101 Pacific Ave.) will reopen on Mondays...and will thus be open every day of the week.
"Public libraries are a vital part of our neighborhoods and give our children avenues for learning and opportunity that may not otherwise be available," said Mayor Bob Foster in a release. The Mayor recommended in August 06, and the City Coucnil approved in September 06, restoration of $1.3 million, previously cut, to the libraries' budget.
"These augmentations represent the final phase of the plan to restore library hours to the 2003 service levels," said Eleanore Schmidt, Director of Library Services in the release.
Two previous increases to library hours took place in October 06 and February 07.