The Westchester Loyola Village Branch Friends of the Library will celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Westchester Loyola Village Branch Library during an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 14th, in the Mary Lou Crockett Community Room at the library, 7114 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester.

Five years have passed since the dedication of the Westchester Loyola Village Branch Library, which combined the services of the Westchester and Loyola Village Branch libraries to serve the residents of Westchester.

The library opened with extended hours (open four nights a week), a Friends of the Library Bookstore, a book collection of approximately 38,000 volumes and a staff of 12 employees.

The events of the last five years have included numerous library programs such as the bi-weekly Toddler Story Time, monthly children’s programs, teen programs (shrinky dinks, hemp jewelry and hat decorating), summer reading programs and programs for adults (computer classes, author talks, book clubs, election-related topics and the Food for Life series).

In 2007, the library community room was named in honor of the late Mary Lou Crockett for her many years of community service to the Westchester community, including serving as a founding member of the Loyola Village Branch Friends of the Library and a member of the Board of Library Commissioners.

The Friends of the Library is a nonprofit community organization dedicated to supporting the local Los Angeles Library. The Friends group works to promote public involvement in the library and raise money through the Friends’ Library Bookstore at the Westchester Loyola Village Library and quarterly book sales.

The Friends provide the library with additional financial resources to purchase materials and equipment that are beyond its regular budget.

The open house will include refreshments, tours and memorabilia commemorating the service of the libraries in Westchester.

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