Alamitos Neighborhood Library Celebrates a Century of Books

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alamitos public libraryIn 1910 Alamitos Neighborhood Library became the first branch of the Long Beach Public Library system. Please join Mayor Bob Foster and Vice-Mayor Suja Lowenthal at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at the Alamitos Library to celebrate 100 years of public service in Long Beach.

In 1895 a group of women formed the Alamitos Library Association. Two years later Jotham Bixby Sr. donated the land in and funds were raised to construct the first library building. In 1909 the City of Long Beach annexed the area and in 1920 the Alamitos Library Association deeded this property to the City with the understanding that the local government would maintain the library.

By 1928 the building had become inadequate and the collection was moved to a rented building while the current library was constructed. The current building, a replica of a castle in Spain, with beautiful wrought iron railings, decorated beams, and a patio with an art tile fountain, opened in January 1929. On March 10, 1933, a major earthquake damaged the building. At first, service was resumed in the yard. In 1936 the building was closed for repairs. It reopened again in 1938.

In 1997, the Alamitos Branch Library celebrated 100 years of service to the community. The Alamitos Neighborhood Library is named after the community it serves, Alamitos Heights.

Historic photos will be on display throughout the day, and the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library will host a special one-day book sale. Explore the resources of the library and commemorate this historic public sanctuary. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library.

The Alamitos Neighborhood Library is located at 1836 East Third Street. Street parking is available.

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