The new Encino Branch Library opened on Saturday.
Library director Ramiro Salazar said one of the exciting highlights about the nearly 10,000 square-foot-branch is the premiere of the library system’s first drive-through service point. Salazar said the service will allow residents to stop at the drive through window to drop off and pick up items they’ve requested by phone, or through a new mobile app.
Salazar said $7 million was earmarked from the 2010-2012 bond program to refurbish an existing building that was once a restaurant. The initial vision was to transform the facade into something futuristic, but surveys from the public said they rather see resources used to change the interior.
Keri Moczygemba, manager of the Encino branch, said many of the library’s features came from public input meetings.
The branch will have a space where patrons can create mix music or make videos on digitizing equipment and have a chance to interact with artisans demonstrating skills, such as sewing, pottery and painting.
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