On Oct. 24, Granada Hills Branch Library hosted a party open to the public to celebrate its 50th Anniversary of service. A representative from Councilmember Mitchell Englander's Office issued a Certificate of Recognition to the branch. Commissioner Eduardo Tinoco was also on hand to present a Board of Library Commissioners Resolution to Mary Slotnick, President, Friends of the Granada Hills Branch Library. City Librarian John F. Szabo made remarks in support of the branch's half century of outstanding public service. West Valley Regional Area Manager Emily Fate was also in attendance. The branch officially opened on November 28,1962, funded by the 1957 Library Bond Program. In 1975, it expanded to double its size under a Capital Improvement Program.
Pamela Rhodes, Senior Librarian, Granada Hills Branch Library, reflected on the branch's special bond with the community. "This community especially is very supportive of this branch," said Rhodes. "There is such a strong base of support and such a strong Friends group. (The branch) has been through some tough times with two quakes--the Sylmar and Northridge--and yet, it has bounced back each time. People are very happy that we're here."
PICTURED ABOVE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Mary Slotnick, President, Friends of the Granada Hills Branch Library; (back) Debbie Wubben, Parks & Cultural Arts Director, Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council, Outreach Committee; (front) Pamela Rhodes, Senior Librarian, Granada Hills Branch Library; Emily Fate, West Valley Area Regional Manager. (Photos courtesy of Ernest Sanchez)