This coming Monday, July 19, will be the first Monday all 72 Los Angeles libraries will be closed as the result of city budget cuts and the reduction of library staff. Library branches, such as the Edendale and Echo Park Libraries, are now closed on Sundays, Mondays, and Holidays.
Branch hours and web-based resources are available 24 hours a day at www.lapl.org
There will be a demonstration and program to protest the closing of the libraries on Monday and those reduced hours listed above. “Unslam the Doors: Keep the Library Open” takes place on Monday, July 19 at 9:30 am at the entrance of the Central Library (630 W. 5th Street).
We have some information from the event organizers:
Please come out and show your support for Los Angeles Public Library. On July 1, the Mayor and City Council laid off 160 library workers, forcing service hours to be cut an additional day. This Monday, July 19th marks the first day the library will be closed on Mondays in LA history. If we don’t take a stand now, there are likely more layoffs and more cuts to come.
For more information, go to savethelibrary.org