Groups Give $9,000 to Branch Libraries

San Fernando Valley community groups have donated $9,000 to local branches of the Los Angeles city library in recent weeks.

On Monday, the Board of Library Commissioners accepted donations from some branch booster groups and the Woodland Hills Homeowners Assn.

The largest donation, $5,000 from the Friends of the Woodland Hills Branch, will be used to enhance the branch's adult and children's collection with books, magazines, videos and other materials, said Carmen Martinez, director of branches.

An additional $500 from the homeowners association will be used to replace books damaged or lost in the Jan. 17, 1994, earthquake.

The Friends of the West Valley Branch donated $2,000, which will be used to start a best-seller collection.

The Van Nuys branch will use a $1,500 grant from its support group to augment its adult collection.

"They really are our best friends," Martinez said of the booster groups, which hold fund-raisers throughout the year for their libraries. "I don't know what we'd do without them, sometimes."

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