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January 28, 2015 - The Torrance Public Library
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Surviving the recession without cutting a single hour of service, the Torrance Public Library has added back every program, and is getting ready to fill vacant positions.  Serving the City of Torrance with its 149,000 residents, and the larger South Bay area between Los Angeles and Long Beach, Torrance is a City that prioritizes youth and seniors, and focuses on quality of life.  Six libraries are open five to seven days per week, with four branches sitting in lovely public parks and a three story main library in the Civic Center complex. 

A rich collection is carefully selected by our librarians, and includes unique items like storytime kits, book group kits, and “Brain Boosting Bags” designed for senior outreach. All locations are full service, with an array of children’s programs, book discussion groups, and arts events free for the public.  A thriving volunteer program and presence in the community allows us to reach new audiences. 

Strong support from the Friends of the Torrance Library, and from the City as a whole enable the staff to explore new ways of service – from the Words on Wheels program delivering materials to those who cannot get to a library location, to Library Spots with free books in public parks.  Storytime programs are packed and popular, while high quality programs for adults draw from all over the area.  We work collaboratively with partners such as the South Bay Genealogical Society, the South Bay Literacy Council, and the Torrance Historical Society to provide unique services and opportunities we each could not offer alone.  An appointed Library Commissioner advocates locally and in Sacramento, and ensures that local politicians never forget the magnificent benefits provided by their public library.

We are hiring for multiple positions, and expect to offer more in the near future.  Please get in touch with me if you want to know more.

Hillary Theyer, City Librarian
Torrance Public Library