How Has the Library Impacted Your Life?

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We want to hear about how our patrons use the library, so if you have a library story you would like to share don't hesitate to email us.

Cathy Curtis Collage

As a biographer, I don't know what I would do without the Glendale Central Library and the Brand Library & Art Center. Most of the material I need for my research is not available online. Over the years the Interlibrary Loan department has tracked down many obscure magazine and journal articles for me, and obtained loans of hard-to-find books and exhibition catalogues. I have also relied on the unique resources of the Brand Library, which has an outstanding collection of current art journals as well as a comprehensive collection of books about virtually every facet of art.

Cathy Curtis,
Author, Restless Ambition: Grace Hartigan, Painter

Local History Collage

The Special Collections Room is, indeed, a very special room. It documents the history of our fair city in many ways: through newspaper clippings, photographs, maps, old community directories, local history books, biographies and several oral histories. Special Collections is my ‘go to’ resource whenever I need to do research and the staff is very knowledgeable about the collection.

Katherine Peters Yamada
Verdugo Views History Column Glendale News-Press

PicMonkey Collage

I am a patron of Casa Verdugo Library. This small yet resourceful library is surely an attraction for many people in Glendale and beyond.  We moved to Glendale two years back and I still remember my first visit to the library with my children who were seven and three.  At the beginning, I was little hesitant to visit the library with two little ones,but the librarian at Casa Verdugo not only helped my elder son pick books but also shared information about the different programs specially designed for children his age. Since then we are regular member of the toddler story and craft time. It is also preparing the little ones for the school.  They have so many fun activities for children of all ages. Every member of the team is very helpful.


Aparnaa  Ghosh
Parent of two Casa Verdugo patrons

Literacy Collage

After retiring from a profession of teaching elementary school students, I needed an outlet for the part of me that is "teacher". It is who I am. However, I found that tutoring at a children's home did not meet my need for bringing to another the wonder of learning. I called the Glendale Central Library and was led to the Adult Literacy Program. I was matched up with a Korean woman who wants to improve her English speaking skills. This has been a wonderful connection for both of us. She is a decade older than I am and is wise and kind.  I am teaching her English language and structure and she is teaching me about the Korean culture. Although we are teacher and student we have developed a meaningful friendship. This special space at Glendale Central Library is a cultural jewel in the middle of the city where people seeking knowledge and help are welcomed with warmth and a place to meet where there is guidance and support.


Irene Keller
Retired teacher

Ancestry Library Edition



I have used several genealogical research websites but so much of what I need is only available through  The opportunity to be able to use for free through the library is invaluable to me.  One of the best documents I was recently able to access and print was my grandfather’s WWI draft registration card.  Besides it being a great find, I personally enjoyed seeing his very beautiful fluid hand writing on the documents, especially since I never had the opportunity to meet him.   

Carol Schaub
Genealogical Sleuth