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Congresswoman Grace Napolitano Tours The Sorensen Library

The Facility is the County's Newest Eco-Friendly
"Green" Library

On Wednesday, August 17, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano of the 38th district toured the Sorensen Library, 6934 Broadway Avenue, Whittier. The facility is the County’s newest eco-friendly “green” library.

The Sorensen Library was funded by Supervisor Gloria Molina. The Community Development Commission (CDC) acted as the project manager and the County of Los Angeles Public Library worked in collaboration to design the building. Congresswoman Napolitano is a longtime supporter of public libraries. She toured the facility and talked with families.

“Kids are our future, and I'm happy this expanded Sorensen Library provides children and their parents a place to read books and learn how to care for the environment," stated Congresswoman Napolitano.

The library celebrated its grand opening in November, 2010 and launched a special library card registration drive to ensure that children and families in the surrounding community receive their very own library card, as the key for access to the library’s treasures.

The new 10,655 square foot Sorensen library replaced the pre-existing 1,048 square-foot facility. It is part of the County’s Sustainable Design Implementation Program, which uses the LEED-New Construction rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The library includes plenty of space for reading, an expanded computer training room with 23 public computers, teen area, free WiFi access, state-of-the-art multimedia and audio system, self-checkout stations, homework center, a large community meeting room, a Family Place area, and additional parking.

The building structure is made entirely of steel, and approximately 40 percent is made up of recycled material.

"We were very excited to have the Congresswoman visit the library and explore our green building," says Community Librarian Manager, Leticia Polizzi.