CHATSWORTH : Repaired Branch Library to Reopen

The Chatsworth branch of the Los Angeles Public Library is scheduled to reopen Monday after undergoing earthquake-related repairs and improvements.

"We're looking forward to hooking back up with people we haven't seen for six months," said Senior Librarian Bruce Seidman, who described the branch as a community library with many regular customers.

The library suffered collapsed ceiling panels, toppled bookcases and other damage during the Jan. 17 Northridge earthquake, Seidman said. Repair and improvement costs are estimated at $120,000.

The library will be open from 12:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays and 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

City branch libraries in Granada Hills, Woodland Hills and North Hollywood will reopen next month.

The North Hollywood regional library and Los Feliz branch also remain closed due to earthquake damage.

The Granada Hills library was particularly hard hit and sustained serious structural damage that required a new roof and ceiling. About 25,000 children's books were also destroyed.

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