I-Team Expose: Crime is Down, But Not Gone From LA Libraries

From NBC Los Angeles

” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said “we have to do better” to curb drug use and crime at LA’s public libraries, in response to a new NBC4 I-Team investigation.
Last November, after the I-Team aired video of people masturbating and routinely doing drugs around city libraries, the Mayor and the chief of the LAPD vowed to curb these rampant crimes. Chief Charlie Beck said he was adding “additional resources” to “do a better job” of securing libraries.So for the last two months, the I-Team resumed surveillance outside libraries. In recent weeks, our undercover cameras recorded a man shooting what appeared to be heroin, and several others smoking what appeared to be crystal meth, outside Francis Howard Goldwyn-Hollywood Regional Library. When asked if he would want his child to walk by that kind of drug use on the way into a library, Mayor Garcetti responded, “Of course not, of course not.”The Mayor’s office recently told the I-Team “The LAPD has significantly increased deployment of additional officers … to library locations citywide.”But since that interview, the LAPD has repeatedly declined to tell us specific numbers of new resources deployed now to libraries, claiming it “would compromise the mission as well as officer safety.” Last November, before the I-Team’s original report aired, the LAPD did provide exact numbers of officers deployed.”


West Hollywood Celebrates Library’s 6th Anniversary with the First of Three Fall Events

From WEHOville

” WeHo Reads kicks off its Fall schedule on Friday with an open dress rehearsal of the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre’s “Back In Circulation” as part of the celebration of the West Hollywood Library’s sixth anniversary.Built by the City of West Hollywood, the West Hollywood Library opened in October 2011. Christopher Hawthorne, writing in the Los Angeles Times, described it as “one of the seven or eight most impressive pieces of public architecture to open in Southern California in a decade.”The library’s notable features include long expanses of floor-to-ceiling glass windows that look over the major West Hollywood thoroughfare, San Vicente Boulevard, and across to the Pacific Design Center and MOCA Pacific Design Center.Friday’s is the first of three Fall events. On Oct. 10, celebrated author Armistead Maupin (“Tales of the City”) will discuss and sign his new book, “Logical Family: A Memoir.” On Nov. 14, author Chris Kraus (“I Love Dick,” “After Kathy Acker)” will join West Hollywood Poet Laureate Kim Dower in a conversation.Friday’s dress rehearsal performance of “Back in Circulation” begins at 7 p.m. at the library, which is at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., south of Santa Monica. The Friends of the West Hollywood Library will offer refreshments and light bites.Duckler’s choreography will focus on the library’s vast windows as symbolic thresholds for sharing information, as well as containers of public space.”


County of Los Angeles: Malibu receives library award

From Malibu Surfside News

“The Malibu City Council’s Library Subcommittee has been selected by the California Public Library Association to receive the 2016 California Public Library Advocate Award for Elected Local Officials in recognition of its outstanding support of the Malibu Library and its “Malibu Gives Back” program to assist libraries in lower-income communities.”


New Manhattan Beach librarian looks to more than books

From The Beach Reporter

” New Manhattan Beach County Librarian Melissa McCollum is setting out to make the crown jewel of the city about more than books. The 17-year Manhattan Beach resident and mom to a Star Wars and Harry Potter obsessed second grader, McCollum is already working on expanding the library’s reach to include speakers and community action initiatives.”


Jump-rope record holder entertains, educates at La Verne library

<p?from the Daily Bulletin

“Eight-year-olds Sophia Hernandez of Upland and Phoenix Graffio of Claremont laughed in triumph as they lifted their tiny feet from the floor and simultaneously jumped rope with Guinness World record holder David Fisher at the library.”


Manhattan Beach opens its $26 million ‘crown jewel’ library

from the Daily Breeze

“The $26 million, state-of-the-art library opened to fanfare Friday evening — and hundreds of people — as city and county officials lauded the facility as the new ‘crown jewel of Manhattan Beach.'”