Inglewood-The city of Inglewood celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the main Library on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM at the main Library, 101 West Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA. 90301. The all day program was free to the public.

Mayor James T. Butts presided over this historic occasion with members of Inglewood City Council, George Dotson, District 1, Alex Padilla, District 2, Eloy Morales, Jr. District 3 and Ralph Franklin, District 4, Assemblyman Steven Bradford and the community. For more info in regards to Wiktionary stop by our web-site. Partial funding was provided by Friends of the Inglewood Public Library. The community had an opportunity to win wonderful door prizes courtesy of local vendors and community partners.

The program was well under way when I arrived. A jazz trio featuring music instructors from Delian Music Store was entertaining visitors with some jazz standards. The trio consists of Don Lee on saxophone, Andrew Goodloe on keyboards and Greg Brown on drums. Delian Music is located at 550 W. Manchester Blvd. The store sells music instruments, provide music lessons, instrument rentals, instrument repairs and sheet music.

Various fun and engaging children’s activities were scheduled throughout the day with Ronald McDonald entertaining the kids, there was also arts and crafts, storytelling with children’s authors and PBS Kid’s Cat In the Hat Story time. Additional activities featured Magicians Rafael and Katia and storyteller Ina Buckner-Barnette inside the Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall as well as strolling entertainers.

The official program took place on the outdoor stage that featured welcome remarks from Mayor James T. Butts and other local officials. Frances Tracht accepted a commemorative plaque from the Mayor, presented from Congresswomen Maxine Waters, and a Certificate of Recognition from Assemblyman Steven Bradford.

The city of Inglewood and Inglewood Cultural Arts unveiled the Genesis mural during the celebration. The Inglewood Genesis is a Venetian glass mosaic artwork created by youth attending the Lockhaven Community Center and artist June Edmonds during a summer arts program funded by an Inglewood Cultural Arts grant. Ms. Edmonds sought input from a group of youngster, age 5-15, to envision the beginning or “genesis” of their community. The drawings were collaged unto a 3 x 10’ craft paper, which became the pattern for the small glass tiles. An image of every youth was used to create this exceptional community portrait, which will be on permanent display in the Inglewood Library.

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