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Los Angeles County Public Library turns 100 on Wednesday

September 5, 2012 |  8:44 am

Manhattan Beach library
The Los Angeles County Public Library is turning 100 years old Wednesday.

The county will celebrate the system's founding with events at branches on Saturday.

The county's library started with 50 books in a Willowbrook residence and has grown to over 7 million-plus books and other items. More than 11 million people visited the county's libraries last year.

“We'd like to reflect on the past 100 years marked by our commitment to ensure that everyone has access to information and technology and to provide an inviting and safe space for the community to come together,” said County Librarian Margaret Donnellan Todd in a statement.

The libraries are also compiling a list of the 100 all-time favorite books by readers. Visitors can submit their titles online.


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Photo: Michael Maloney, left, and Logan Sharp browse for a book at the Manhattan Beach Library in 2010. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times.