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Tell the L.A. Public Library what you want

By Carolyn Kellogg

10:25 AM PST, February 15, 2013

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What do you want from your library? The L.A. Public Library wants to know.

In a brief -- very brief -- online survey, the library asks for your thoughts about the library and its future.

The survey is available in English and Spanish.

The Los Angeles Public Library was founded in 1872 and has 72 branches. It has an annual circulation of 18 million materials in 29 languages. 

The first woman to head the city's library was Mary Foy, who served from 1880-84; she later became better known as a campaginer for women's rights. In 1927 the city hired Miriam Matthews, its first African American librarian; she is believed to have been the first in the state.

These days, the library offers free Internet access, tutoring and many cultural programs. The library foundation presents the ALOUD series, which brings authors to the city to talk about their work. This Is Your Library, which raises funds for the foundation, is designed as a kind of live intellectual talk show; it returns March 2 with television producer Mike Smith, punk rock icon Exene Cervenka, city librarian John Szabo and The Times' own Hector Tobar.

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