Love for libraries

Apparently Los Angeles loves its libraries!  With a 63% “YES” vote on Measure L (referenced in previous entry), the Los Angeles Public Library system is ensured a few more years of life.  Come fall, the doors will yet again be open on Mondays (which will make for 6 days of service) and some of the book buying budget and personnel will be restored.  Us Library Foundation folk were really, really happy and quite relieved to see the city verbalize its support for what we know to be one of the best things going in L.A.  During the campaigning I had the privilege of telling the story of Yana and Luís to a crowd of Sunday morning rally-goers at the Memorial Park branch a few days before the election.  Standing at the podium looking into the crowd- mainly parents and children- I was filled with pride to be working for an institution that stands for the ideals that it does, knowing it will help guide the little people in that crowd (and the big ones too) to a brighter future.

View from outside my office- Rotunda of Central Library, downtown L.A.  Fifty light bulbs adorn the chandelier globe, illuminating the signs of the zodiac on the inner ring. The majestic ceiling is painted concrete and withstood the flames of death that consumed 20% of the library’s collection in 1986.  This year Central Library celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fire in late April.

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~ by maureenmoore on March 19, 2011.

3 Responses to “Love for libraries”

  1. Your passion is palpable. I had to tear up picturing you at the podium, feeling your heartfelt plea for the sake of the library and all the good that it represents and provides, but most importantly for its patrons, particularly the little ones! Keep at it!

  2. Yea! The “little people” win and when they win, we all win. I agree with Mary Ann. Keep at it and “keep looking up.”

  3. I’m happy to hear about the successful passage of Measure L. Sounds like your life as an activist might have begun! Nice going!

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