February is Library Lovers’ Month, a month-long celebration recognizing school, public and private libraries in your community. Libraries are a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. They offer access to information, as well as peace and quiet. A library is a place where you can focus surrounded by people who share your quest for knowledge, or a quiet place to study and learn.
The Santa Clarita Valley is blessed with a bounty of libraries. The Santa Clarita library system includes three libraries within the boundaries of the City of Santa Clarita.
Info www.santaclaritalibrary.com. The Santa Clarita hours at all branches are: Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
18601 Soledad Canyon Road
Canyon Country, 91351
Old Town Newhall Library
24500 Main St., Newhall, 91321
Valencia Branch/Main Office
23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia, 91355
County library system
Founded in 1912, the Los Angeles County library system is one of the largest public library systems in the United States. It has 84 community-based library outlets, including four bookmobiles, throughout Los Angeles County.
In the SCV, the L.A. County library system includes:
Acton/Agua Dulce Library
33792 Crown Valley Road, Acton, 93510
Info ttps://lacountylibrary.org/acton-agua-dulce-library. Hours: Monday-Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday-Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday.
27971 Sloan Canyon Road, Castaic, 91384
Info ttps://lacountylibrary.org/castaic-library. Hours: Monday-Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday.
Stevenson Ranch Library
25950 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch, 91381
Info ttps://lacountylibrary.org/stevenson-ranch-library. Hours: Monday-Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday-Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday.
Support your library
One of the ways you can support your library is to join the Friends of the Santa Clarita Library. The group will hold a “bag” sale Feb. 18-16 at all library branches.
How to Celebrate
You can celebrate library lovers month in several ways.
Get a library card. Sign up your entire family for library cards.
Santa Clarita Library card ttps://scpl.polarislibrary.com/polaris/patronaccount/selfregister.aspx
Los Angeles County Library card ttps://lacountylibrary.org/library-cards/
Visit the Los Angeles Public Library Central, 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles
Part of the Los Angeles City library system, this historic library was the site of the largest library fire in America in 1986. More than one million books were damaged or destroyed. After extensive repair and renovation, the library was reopened in 1993.
Its historic Goodhue building was constructed in 1926 and is a downtown landmark. There is public art in the form of murals, mosaics, sculptures and the Maguire Gardens.
Visit a presidential library. Los Angeles is the only metro area in the country that can boast two such libraries. Visitors pay admission fees, and no books can be checked out, but these two libraries offer very special experiences to guests.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley,
Step aboard Air Force One, a plane that served seven presidents, from former Presidents Richard M. Nixon to George W. Bush. An exhibition on presidential motorcades includes a presidential limo and a secret service Suburban. See a full-size replica of the Oval Office, a section of the Berlin Wall and a Secret Service exhibit.
Richard Nixon Presidential Library
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, 92886.
See Army One, the helicopter used by the four presidents from former Presidents Robert F. Kennedy to Gerald R. Ford. This is the helicopter that famously transported President Nixon from the White House after he resigned the presidency. Permanent indoor exhibits include a replica of his Oval Office and a room dedicated to the moon landings.
Learn what your library has to offer. You might find you can save a great deal of money by using the digital services of your library. Through the eLibrary you can digitally access from your home articles and databases, e-books and audiobooks, streaming videos, movies, downloadable music, digital magazines and mobile apps.