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March 22nd, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
The Monrovia Public Library will close on Thursday, May 12 and will not reopen until May 16. The Library has been in a temporary location at the Mary Wilcox Center for over a year as the new library was being constructed on the location of the old library. In addition to the new Library Building, all of Library Park is being updated and remodeled.
During the closure of the Library, its staff will be relocating all the books, materials, equipment and records from their temporary location to the new library. The new facility is a 28,000 square-foot building which was constructed with funds from Measure L. The new building came in not only on schedule, but under budget.
The stacks and services will not be available during the move from Friday, March 13 through Friday May 15. During this time books should be returned to the outside drop located outside the Wilcox Center at 843 E. Olive Avenue until May 9. After that day, returns should be returned to the outside book drop on Lime Avenue between Myrtle and Primrose.
Monica Greening, the library division manager, said that they regret that the Library will be closed during the school year, but assured residents that other local libraries will be able to assist them. She said that a list of all the local libraries, their locations and hours is available at the library now.
“We are looking forward to being open for all of our summer reading programs” Goodyear said. “The new Library will allow us to provide many new services as well as new resources.”
A public ceremony dedicating the new Library will be held on Saturday, April 4. At that time there will be tours of the Library which at the time will still be a work in process. To make reservations please call 932-5555 ext 1400, although reservations are not required. Library services will not be available on that day.
The Library will open to the public on May 16 as part of the celebration of Monrovia Day recognizing the 123 anniversary of the founding of the city of Monrovia.
Other Local Libraries:
Arcadia: 20 W. Duarte Rd., Arcadia (626) 821-5567
Duarte: 1301 Buena Vista St., Duarte (626) 358-1865
Pasadena: 285 E. Wlanut St., Pasadena (626) 774-4066
By Susan Motander