Crowell Public Library, now 11 years old, represents a steadfastly popular $17 million investment for San Marino’s residents.
The library earned its name for the $4 million put up by longtime resident Suzy Crowell, but after another $5 million came from the city’s coffers, the rest of the bill was made up by donations from a litany of others. Furthermore, the library is able to invest in system and technology upgrades thanks to continuing donations from the community and through nonprofit groups.
“That’s why we can have nice things,” City Librarian Irene McDermott said wryly, explaining what exactly makes the San Marino library, well, a San Marino library. Continue reading “Crowell Library Lends a Vital Presence to Community’s Life”
Parks and Public Works Director Michael Throne is working to refine proposals on how San Marino can use up to $32 million in no-strings-attached Metropolitan Transportation Authority money to try to alleviate roadway congestion and stray traffic on residential streets.
In doing so, Throne is hoping to target five areas identified by Metro as problem areas, but in a way that caters more to residents’ preferences than what the agency initially proposed as alternatives to its now-dead 710 Freeway tunnel. Emphasizing the point, Throne told a standing-room-only crowd at the city’s monthly town hall meeting in Crowell Public Library’s Barth Room that Metro’s alternative proposals were “not going to work for a second in San Marino.” Continue reading “Town Hall Focuses on Traffic Solutions”
The Public Safety Commission assured concerned residents at its meeting this week that the city is not currently planning to move forward with Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority-designed plans to improve traffic capacity in San Marino, and that the city would craft its own plans to address their wishes.
Residents will have a further opportunity to make their desires known at a town hall meeting hosted by the city at 6 p.m. Monday, March 4, in the Barth Room at Crowell Public Library. Continue reading “Panel Promises Homegrown (but Metro-Funded) Traffic Plan”
The San Marino City Council has voted to fund and hire a community services director, setting up the hiring of a department head who will ultimately have control of both the Recreation Department and Crowell Public Library.
In approving the post, the council directed City Manager Marcella Marlowe at its meeting last week to eliminate the Recreation Department manager position at her discretion, the rationale being that the new director will be primarily focused on that department and that the money to pay for the position has to come from somewhere. Continue reading “Council OKs Hiring Director for Library, Recreation Depts.”
It seems like a simple addition to the facility, but it is a welcome one for the staff at Crowell Public Library.
The new RFID — radio frequency identification — hardware was recently installed at the library’s checkout desks and at the entryways, and the staff is now well into the Herculean task of placing the system’s corresponding tags
into the nearly 90,000 books and other items circulated from the library. Those tags, which are essentially square stickers on the insides of covers, contain a chip that transmits the book’s information to the system to check it out to a patron.
Continue reading “Library Efficiency: There’s a Scanner for That”