Monday, March 19, 2007
Tree Tops New Library!San Marino Public Library holds traditional “Topping Out” celebration as last steel beam is hoisted atop new facility.
Those recently driving down Huntington Drive in San Marino might have done a double take and wondered what fraternity or practical joker was behind the prank when they spied a tree – yes, a tree – atop the new facility currently under construction for the San Marino Public Library. But the tree was there because it was supposed to be – as part of a time-honored tradition among ironworkers called “Topping Out.”
This milestone celebrates the placing of the final, top piece of steel on a new building, explained Alex Main, Construction Manager for Bernard’s Construction Management. As tradition demands, an American flag was raised along with the tree and the final beam was painted white, so that the members of Ironworkers Union 433 and over 200 visiting dignitaries could sign it.
Guests included Dr. Matthew Lin, Mayor of San Marino; City Manager Matt Ballantyne; architects from Harley Ellis Devereaux, which designed the new library; City department heads and city employees; members of the San Marino Unified School Board; representatives from the San Marino Public Library’s Board of Trustees and Foundation; Friends of the San Marino Public Library; and five of the six City Council candidates. Even a Humanities class from Southwestern Academy in San Marino took a short field trip to join the crowd as well.
“It was a wonderful, perfect opportunity for the students to watch local history in the making,” said Carolyn Crain, City Librarian. “But what I, myself, will remember most, for years to come, is all the positive energy and support that surrounded us.”
In fact, there was so much support from the community that City police opted to close Huntington Drive briefly, to allow the crowd to cross to the median to watch the “topping out” of the final beam.
As is often the case on larger projects like the new 29,000 square foot San Marino Public Library – which will include such amenities as a Lifelong Learning Center, Children’s Library, Reference and Technology Area, Community Meeting Room and Chinese Collection – the “Topping Out” ceremony included an outdoor lunch for the crew and guests, compliments of Bernards, prior to the placement of the last beam at 2 p.m.
Get Expert Search HelpWhen you want help with finding a book, you ask a librarian. Easy. But did you know that you can ask a librarian to help you find a website? Yes! Librarians are experts at finding the best, most reliable websites to help answer any questions. Think of them as “Level 60 Shamans” in the "World of Searchcraft”.
How can you find a librarian to ask a question? Call us during our open hours (noon to 5, Monday through Thursday and Saturday) at 300-0777. Or, send us an email: smpl@CityofSanMarino.org. Or, chat with a librarian any time of day or night by clicking the “AskNow” button on our web page: http://sanmarinopl.org.
Tax Filing Deadline“Tax Day” will be April 16 this year (the 15th is a Sunday), so there is under a month remaining to get those taxes done. With online filing becoming more prevalent, the options are even more plentiful. The San Marino Public Library cannot write your payment check, nor can the library staff tell you how to fill out your forms, but we can supply you with free copies of both state and federal booklets, as well as many of the basic forms. If you are looking for a form that we don’t have, we can help you find forms on the Internet and print them for ten cents each.
If you want to obtain the form from the Internet yourself, you can go to http://www.irs.gov and click on “Forms and Publications” and then “Form and instruction number”. If you need any help finding a form, or if you want to know if the Library has free copies of the forms and instructions you need, call the library at (626) 300-0777 and ask for the reference desk.
National Library Week Celebrate National Library Week (April 15—21) at the San Marino Public Library. All children who check out a book during the week will receive a special library surprise. You can also enter to win a library book bag. To wrap up the week, on Saturday, April 21st @ 2:00 p.m. Monique the Magic Genie will demonstrate her mind boggling magic. Don’t miss out on the fun!!!
Barks & Books Scarlett, a gentle daschund and Popcorn, a lively Irish Terrier are looking for kids to read to them at the San Marino Public Library. Elementary school-aged children are invited to practice their reading skills with Popcorn on Tuesday, April 17th from 3:30– 4:30 p.m.. Scarlett will be at the library on the Saturday, April 21st 11:30-1230 p.m. Please call to reserve a space.