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Santa Monica chess program loses home at Fairview library

December 23, 2009 |  5:00 am

The Santa Monica Daily Press reports that the chess program at the Fairview branch of the Santa Monica Public Library has been scuttled:

The library's free program has become a hit in the community around Fairview by welcoming players of all levels and cultivating a friendly and safe environment, said Mel Bloch, a part-time library employee who coordinates the program. He said about 40 people take part each week.

But now the chess program is ending at Fairview, apparently the victim of budget cuts, Bloch said this week. He was told in November the program would no longer be offered at the library because money for staff hours had been reduced.

Read more about the chess program and its upcoming move.