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Renovated Fairfax Branch Library opens

Laura Eversz
Edition: 9/30/2005


NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART Fairfax Branch Library is now open at 161 N. Gardner Ave.


STUDENTS accept a book signed and donated to the Fairfax Library by Mayor Antonio Villagairosa and Councilman Tom LaBonge. Looking on are senior librarian Roy Stone and Fontayne Holmes, city librarian.

Dozens of community members, including the entire Hancock Park Elementary School fifth grade class, joined Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Councilman Tom LaBonge for the reopening of the Fairfax Branch Library.

The library, at 161 N. Gardner Ave., is more than double the size of the original facility that opened in 1963.

The 12,500 square foot space includes a storytelling area, community room, separate reading areas for adults, children and teens, multi-media computer workstations, and hookups that allow patrons to use their laptops to access the Internet.

“Books and libraries open up a world of information and knowledge, and I encourage all of you to come and take advantage of this,” Villaraigosa said to the school children.

The Fairfax renovation is the last of 32 library projects completed as a result of Proposition DD, a bond measure passed in 1998.

For the past two years, a bookmobile at the corner of Beverly Blvd. and Gardner Ave. has served the community.

“We’re really thrilled and excited to finally be open for service,” said senior librarian Roy Stone. “We had to wait a long time, but none of that matters. We have 40,000 books and room to grow.”