After a long, drawn-out political battle, Escondido City Council has voted to move forward with closing the East Valley Branch of the Escondido Public Library. This location, which has served patrons on the east side of Escondido for more than 15 years, will be sorely missed. This is the press release that was sent out:
East Valley Branch Library Closing June 16, 2011
On Wednesday, June 8th, the Escondido City Council passed a budget for Fiscal Year 2011-12 that discontinued funding the operation of the East Valley Branch Library, located at 2245 East Valley Parkway in the East Valley Community Center. The branch library will close effective Thursday, June 16 at 6:00 PM.
After June 16th, library patrons will pick up all reserved materials at the Main Library at 239 S. Kalmia St. As a convenience to the public, outside book return units at the East Valley Branch Library will remain open until mid-July. After that, all books and library materials must be returned to the Main Library.
The City Council has directed staff to explore options to maintain public access to branch library computers at the East Valley location; however, computer access will be unavailable until a new plan is developed and implemented.
The Main Library will continue to serve the community with computer access and to offer outstanding services and programs for children, teens, and adults. Summer Reading for childrfen and teens begins June 16th and runs through July 31st. For more information on these and other programs, visit the library's website at http://library.escondido.org/ or call 760-839-4683.