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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Altadena Library District to Launch Renovation in Celebration of Main Building’s 50th Anniversary

One of Altadena’s longest standing institutions, Altadena Library District, is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its main building, originally designed by architect Boyd Georgi in the early 1960s. To honor this historic anniversary, the Altadena Library District Board has approved plans for the Library’s Phase I Renovations using grant funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and a generous donation from the Altadena Library Foundation.

Board President Ira Bershatsky says of the plans, “This is a much needed sprucing up of the interior of the library and we are very grateful to both HUD and the Altadena Library Foundation for their financial support of this project. This will be the catalyst to future funding to address the many additional needs of this facility.”

The first segment of a multi-phase remodel, the Phase I Renovations will address needed updates to shelving, flooring and carpets, electrical capacity, the library’s Community Room, and interior signage. Installation of new shelving will begin to bring the library into compliance with seismic safety code and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Additional electrical and data outlets will be built in throughout the library to allow users of mobile devices increased opportunities for charging and for future expansion of technological capacity. The worn carpets and flooring will be replaced, thanks to the generosity of the Altadena Library Foundation.

The Altadena Library will be closed from mid-March to the end of April due to the renovation efforts. During this time period the Bob Lucas Branch Library will be open seven days a week with expanded hours.

The launch of the Phase I Renovation happens to fall on the historic 50th Anniversary of the library’s main building. While the library, in one form or another, has been serving the community of Altadena since the early 1900s, the main library building on Mariposa Street was built and opened in 1967. At the time, the library was a modern marvel, featuring classic mid-century features including simple lines and seamless integration with its natural surroundings. Thus, after the first phase is complete, the community is invited to gather for a grand reopening celebration on Saturday, June 10th to explore the features of the new library and commemorate all it has accomplished in the past 50 years.

“These exciting updates could not have come at a better time. Our library is truly unique, both in its nostalgic physical structure and the diverse community it serves, and its lengthy legacy is reason for celebration across the community. We are inspired by this significant milestone in the library’s history to continue to serve the community the best we can for years to come.” says Library Director Mindy Kittay of the 50th Anniversary and the Phase I Renovation.

Altadena Library District’s main building is located at 600 East Mariposa Street. Altadena Library’s Bob Lucas Branch Library is located at 2659 Lincoln Avenue in Altadena.

The Altadena Library District has been providing free and equal access to information, ideas, technology, and the joy of reading to educate and empower the diverse community of Altadena for over 90 years. More information about Altadena Library District is available at



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