From the LA Daily News:
“We still have the same mission we had in 1912 – delivering information, culture, literacy and lifelong learning,” County Librarian Margaret Donnellan Todd said.
“We’re just delivering it differently than 100 years ago.”
The United States’ largest public library system (in terms of facilities) was founded Sept. 5, 1912, by a vote of the county Board of Supervisors.
Its first branch, containing 50 books, was established a year later in Willowbrook when local resident Belle Jenks offered her home for the purpose.
Now, there are 85 libraries and four bookmobiles serving about 3.5 million people across the county. They serve almost all of the unincorporated cities, and have contracts with 51 of the 88 incorporated cities.
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