East LA libraries get a face lift

The reopening of Anthony Quinn Library on Thursday marked the completion of more than $500,000 in renovations to three county libraries in East Los Angeles. The County of Los ANgeles Library installed new furniture, carpeting, laptop docking stations and automated book check-out equipment at the Anthony Quinn branch on Cesar Chavez Avenue, the City Terrace branch and the El Camino Real library on Whittier Boulevard, said library system spokeswoman Pamela Broussard.

“The improvements were funded by Supervisor Gloria Molina using funds from Measure U (utility tax) and also with developer fee funds paid to the County Library over a number of years that were designated for use only in these libraries,” Broussard said in an email. “About $150,000 to $175,000 was spent in each library.”

While the city-run libraries have had to cut back hours to save money, the county libraries have so far managed to avoid reducing service, Broussard said. “We are in the process of preparing a budget for next year so everything is still under discussion.”

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