Ascot Library to be Dedicated to Poet Wanda Coleman

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On March 26, 2015 the Library Board of Commissioners met at our own Ascot Branch Library. Among the topics discussed was a proposal to dedicate the Ascot Branch in recognition of Poet Wanda Coleman in accordance with Board Policy 1:312. CANNDU VP Esther Glaze was on hand for the meeting. CANNDU encourages residents to write in support of this proposal. Written comments can be submitted to:

Board of Library Commissioners
Los Angeles Public Library
630 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

or emailed to: rborden@lapl.org

The comment period is: March 26 - June 26, 2015

History of the Ascot Library

Almost 94 years ago, the first Ascot Branch Library, named after a nearby horse racing track, opened in a storefront near the corner of 61st and Broadway….

The branch out grew its location and moved twice before moving in 1939 to the corner of 70th and Broadway.

In April 1, 2004, the library moved to its current location—a new 10,500 square foot facility, constructed with funds from a library bond. Special artwork in the branch consists of seven neon light pieces that capture the history of the community and the importance of time.

To date the Ascot Branch remains a hub of the community and currently the Neighborhood Council conducts their monthly meetings here.

Some of the highlights of the past year include:

A summer reading club with programs bringing in more than a hundred children each week, our annual Dr. Suess birthday party complete with a visit from the Cat in the Hat, a health fair in our parking lot. “Know Your Digits” with information on high blood pressure prevention, A free turkey and food give-away by Chapter Two, a gang intervention organization, Odyssey programs including a play and puppet show funded by the Library Foundation, STEAM—Science Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics programs for young adults, astronomy programs, digital preschool storytimes, computer and citizenship classes.

Upcoming programs include Young Adult chess and chat programs, a series of paper collage classes, a Girls Club sponsored by Chapter Two gang intervention, adult computer classes and a special bunny storytime for preschoolers featuring a photo op with the famous white rabbit.

Ascot serves a somewhat transient society and the branch provides resources to assist patrons in locating employment, starting a new business, filing unemployment claims or finding low income, senior or Section 8 housing.

Nine area schools are served through our student zone computers and homework help resources.

From the clerks to the librarians, the staff works diligently to match the patron with the requested information or resource and to welcome them to the Ascot Branch Library.

Find out more about the history of the Ascot Speedway