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Insider Article [April 2014] [04/01/13] (Library Profile: Torrance Public Library)
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Library Profile: Torrance Public Library

The Torrance Public Library has made it through the recession with a complete turnover in Administration, a new Plan of Service, remodeling on every branch library, and not a single service hour lost.  Oh, and we celebrated a Century of Service to the Torrance community along the way!

Torrance is a municipal library system, serving the City of Torrance with six facilities.  Each branch has a full-time Librarian and Youth Services Librarian, while a Reference Department serves as an informational hub for business, liaison to the Torrance Historical Society, the South Bay Cities Council of Governments, and the South Bay Literacy Council along with many other community groups. Over 50 adult programs a year, seven thriving adult book groups, ten weekly storytimes packed to capacity, and after school offerings ranging from teen crafts to live music round out this busy and happening place.  

Behind the scenes there is an active Friends of the Torrance Library group, donating over $100,000 in 2013 alone; a cadre of volunteers helping with programs, training on technology, and delivering books to those who can’t reach our branches; and circulation of over 1.3 million items a year.  Find us on Facebook, use our mobile app, and borrow our ebooks for your travels – all available with your Torrance Library card!

In 2013 we celebrated 100 years of public library service in Torrance.  A series of programs, a new library card, and a gala celebration were all a great success.  The community gathered to cheer on their public library, and launch us into 100 more successful years.

Anytime someone says “Does anyone even use a library anymore?” I just respond “You haven’t been in one of ours lately, stop on by!”  The activity, use, and success are self-explanatory.  We’re hiring too – see our job posting for Youth Services Librarian and consider joining our team!

Hillary Theyer
City Librarian
Torrance Public Library