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Input Sought on Brand Library Renovations

People will have a chance to say if and how they want to renovate the Brand Library and Art Center at a meeting Tuesday.

Architects and city officials will be available to take people’s suggestions and discuss how to expand the library, art galleries, recital hall and Brand Art Studios, said Cindy Cleary, library spokeswoman.

The library has contracted with San Francisco-based Architectural Resources Group to design a master plan for possible changes, Cleary said. The plan should be ready around March, she said.

The original structure, built in 1904, was converted into a library in 1956; the library it was expanded in 1969 to include other facilities. Given changes in the community and technology since then, now is a good time for renovations, Cleary said.

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“The library is bursting at the seams; shelving capacity is at its limit,” Cleary said. In addition, the art studio may need more classroom space, and the concert hall may require a rehearsal area and dressing room, she said.

The meeting will be at the Brand Library Recital Hall at 1601 W. Mountain St. from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For information, call Cleary at (818) 548-2043.


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