Casa Verdugo Library
Memorial Day Weekend
Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 25, 26 & 27, 2013
All Locations Closed
The branch is sited on the west side of N. Brand Blvd. and south of Stocker Avenue, between a condominium on the north and a fire station on the south. Casa Verdugo faces Brand Blvd. and its parking lot is off of Stocker St. across the street from Ralph's Market.
From Pasadena: Take the 134 Freeway west and exit north at Brand Blvd. Drive two blocks, passing Glenoaks Blvd., Fairview and Dryden, and turn left on Stocker. Make a left into the parking lot and enter the back door of the library.
From downtown Los Angeles: Take the 5 Freeway north and transition to the 134 Freeway east and exit at the Central/Brand exit. Turn north on Central, pass Glenoaks Blvd. and drive three more blocks and make a right on Stocker. Make a right into the parking lot and enter the back door.
From the San Fernando Valley: Take the 134 Freeway east and follow the above directions.
The MTA Bus #92 can be accessed across the street from the Branch at two locations: 1) the northeast corner of Brand Blvd. and Stocker Ave. and 2) at the northwest corner of Brand Blvd. and Stocker Ave.
The Beeline can be accessed across the street, at the northeast corner of Stocker Ave. and Central Ave. (Near Ralph's Market)
The original Casa Verdugo Library opened in 1926 as a "deposit station" on Central Avenue. In 1951 a new library building, along with a neighboring fire station, was erected at in its current location. The cost of the land, architect, construction, furniture, fixtures and landscaping, for the Branch alone, totaled $68,229.26. On April 9th of that year, Mayor George Wickham dedicated the building and Miss Carol Schmida of Hoover High School played an
Casa Verdugo serves a mixed residential and business neighborhood that extends north to the city line, south to Lexington Avenue, east to Glendale Community College and west to a grouping of elementary, middle and high schools on Glenwood Road. The branch is surrounded by small and large businesses, banks, doctors offices, a large supermarket and the Red Lion Hotel. A Kaiser clinic is nearby. Single family homes, condominium and apartments compose local residences. On the same street as Casa Verdugo are four churches: Church of Christ, Scientist; Incarnation Catholic; Saint Marks Episcopal and Salem Lutheran. Also in the neighborhood is Sinai Jewish Temple. Public schools within walking distance are Mark Keppel Elementary, Toll Middle School and Hoover High School. Incarnation and Salem Lutheran churches have parochial schools.
Although there is a lot of weekday automobile traffic in the neighborhood, there are a great many pedestrians who conduct their daily chores on foot.
The staff includes a Branch Librarian, a Children's Librarian, a Customer Service Representative, Library Pages and Volunteers. If you are interested in being a volunteer, contact the Branch Librarian by calling (818) 548-2047.
The Casa Verdugo collection includes adult and juvenile books, paperbacks, periodicals, pamphlets and audio and video cassettes. The adult collection is particularly strong in the following subject areas: art history, best sellers, contemporary social issues, health, literacy, Los Angeles architecture, popular fiction and travel. The children's collection is strong in the following subject areas: American Indians, beginning readers, countries of the world, fairy and folktales and picture books.
Although the collection attempts to be inclusive for a medium size branch, one of its strengths is that it can access materials throughout the Glendale and Pasadena library systems, as well as through the Metropolitan Cooperative Library System. The Casa Verdugo Library can order materials that are not owned by the branch.
Casa Verdugo is a branch of the Library, Arts & Culture Department system. Its Computer Catalog, which shows the collection of both the Glendale and the Pasadena libraries, is available through the Internet. For information about materials owned by the Casa Verdugo Library, or to place a hold on materials that are checked out, please call (818) 548-2047 during open hours.
The Casa Verdugo Internet workstation is available to the public anytime that the branch is open, except when the staff is offering instructional lessons to the public. Patrons may use the Internet for 30 minutes, if other patrons are waiting to use it. If no one is waiting, patrons may use the Internet for 1 hour on any given day. The Casa Verdugo Internet Workstation was funded by the California State Library InfoPeople Project with funds provided by the federal Library Services and Construction Act. The goal of the project is to provide points of direct public access to the Internet in public libraries.
GLENDALE LIBRARY ONLINE RESOURCES
The Casa Verdugo Library has computers available for patrons to access the Library's online catalog and a variety of online databases.
The branch has a photocopying machine that charges $.10 per page.
Typewriters and word processors are not available.
PERIODICALS OWNED BY CASA VERDUGO
Consumers Research Magazine
House and Garden
Ladies' Home Journal
LA Times Book Review
Los Angeles Times Magazine
Martha Stewart Living
National Geographic World
New York Times Book Review
Sesame Street Magazine
Sports Illustrated for Kids
U.S. News & World Report
Magazines vary in the amount of time they are kept. Most are kept for 2-4 years. Consumer Reports, National Geographic, Newsweek, People and Time magazines are kept longer. Please contact the branch to see if it has a particular date of the magazines listed above.
Christian Science Monitor
Glendale News Press
Los Angeles Times
Wall Street Journal
Newspapers are kept for 30 days.
MEETING ROOM RENTAL
Casa Verdugo's Meeting Room seats 35 people. Its equipment includes chairs, 3 long tables, a podium and a blackboard. The room is available for public rental during the library's open hours when it is not in use for library functions. The rental fees are:
Non-Profit Glendale Residents and Organizations: $20 for first three hours and $5 for each additional hour
Commercial Glendale Individuals, Businesses and Organizations: $40 for first three hours and $20 for each additional hour
Non-Profit Non-Glendale Residents and Organizations: $30 for first three hours and $10 for each additional hour
Commercial Non-Glendale Individuals, Businesses and Organizations: $60 for first three hours and $30 for each additional hour
LIBRARY FINES AND FEES