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San Gabriel Library Remodeled

  • By David Barron

SAN GABRIEL LIBRARY staff member helps patron find books. Grand re-opening of the remodeled Library was held last week.

The San Gabriel County Libary became the fourth local institution of books to improve facilties and services to local residents.

Monterey Park remodeled and expanded its library two years ago while Alhambra and San Marino built new libraries.

San Gabriel’s grand re-opening ceremonies were held Monday, Sept. 15, at the original location at 500 S. Del Mar Ave. The library branch had been closed since April 2007 for refurbishing. Doors were opened to the public again this July.

During the its closure, the local library branch received major improvements including fresh paint, carpet and tile, as well as a new circulation and information desk.

Major projects included making the library compliant with American Disability Act with upgrades such as an elevator, automatic entry doors, improved public restrooms and parking lot improvements.

The project was funded through the office of Supervisor Michael Antonovich, public library funds and federal funds through the office of congressman Adam Schiff.

Quiet library reading area was furnished by the friends of the San Gabriel Library in honor of late Chi Mui, a former Mayor and board member of the Library Friends.

One of the highly visible improvements was the clean-up and freshening of the large early California mural. The mural depicts the Mission, settlers and American Indians.

Other improvements included additional computers and wireless Internet, according to Margaret Todd, County Librarian.

Attending the event were local county and city officials including Chief Red Blood (Anthony Morales) and Guiding Young Cloud (Andrew Morales) with the Gabrileno Tongva Tribe.

The San Gabriel Library is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Library is closed Sundays.

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