Something wonderful this way came to Central Library in the form of a new public square. City Librarian John F. Szabo was joined yesterday by Los Angeles City Councilmembers Jose Huizar and Paul Koretz along with other dignitaries and Bradbury family members at a dedication ceremony unveiling the newly designated Ray Bradbury Square at Fifth & Flower Streets by Central Library. The new square honors the literary achievements of the late SciFi master as well as his lifelong support of Los Angeles Public Library.
According to the Los Angeles Times, "Over the years, Bradbury became a familiar figure in L.A., riding his bike to libraries and bookstores because he didn't drive. The Central Library was one of his favorite hangouts, Huizar's office said."
Szabo mentioned that since arriving at LAPL this year, he had heard many wonderful Bradbury anecdotes from librarians who were grateful for the late writer's staunch library activism.
"Bradbury couldn't afford to go to college so he went to the public library instead," Szabo told a crowd of more than 100 on hand for the unveiling of the intersection's new signs. "He said he graduated at age 28 from the library."
Bradbury passed away on June 5 of this year.
Now, thanks to City officials, the memory of this distinguished 'alumnus' and his 'alma mater' will be forever linked at an intersection in downtown L.A.