Malibu Library Reopens April 22!

by ritasimpson on March 5, 2012

in Community Information

Nearly 90 percent of the construction of the Malibu Library is finished and completion is expected at the end of the month.
After the building is finished, workers will begin the installation of furniture, fixtures and equipment, which will take approximately three months, according to a staff memo to the council. The library is scheduled to reopen on April 22, 2012.
Equipment purchases include items such as computers, monitors, printers, media equipment, book carts, trash cans, small appliances and other necessary office equipment for the Malibu Library.
The county sets aside the difference between the city’s property tax revenue and the library’s expenses into a designated fund. At of the end of the last fiscal year, the set-aside fund totaled about $7.3 million, according to a council member.
“It is expected that approximately $1 million will be added to the fund annually. Sufficient funding is available in the set-aside fund for the full project cost [of $6,289,647],” she added.
Additional monies give the city the ability to increase hours and other services. Council members agreed to increase the hours on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and other hours on a weekday.
Conley Ulich also talked about enhancing the existing collection with materials specific to Malibu. She suggested it could be something such as an ocean and surf collection. Some Malibu residents have expressed the hope that the library could focus on showcasing the works—and lives—of some of the numerous literary figures who have made Malibu their home, including Frederick Hastings Rindge, Malibu’s first resident author; librarian Lawrence Clark Powell; novelist John Fante; “Tarzan” and “John Carter of Mars” creator Edgar Rice Burroughs; best seller Michael Creighton; screen writer Philip Dunne; mystery novelist Ross Thomas; and children’s book author and actress Julie Andrews, to name a few. The estimated cost of the collection enhancement is approximately $25,000, which can also be funded from the set-aside funds.
Establishing a speaker series program to provide a minimum of six guest speakers a year could be done by having the Harry Barovsky Memorial Youth Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission provide input in identifying speakers for the program at a cost of $75,000 per year using the set-aside monies, the staff report added.
The council did not discuss it, but they approved establishing a deferred maintenance reserve of $100,000 a year. The deferred maintenance reserve can be paid for from the set-aside funds during the term of the agreement with the county.
The added services were discussed with the county and among members of the ad hoc library committee, according to the staff report.
The Malibu Library was built in 1968. The current remodeling project is the first upgrade to be performed at the facility.



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