By Jason KUROSU
After two years of undergoing renovations, the Brand Library will be reopened to the public on March 27, amidst a week of arts and cultural events in celebration of the library’s structural and aesthetic updates.
Since beginning construction in June 2012, several facets of the library have seen improvements, such as the roofing, heating, air conditioning and electrical systems. The library also underwent a seismic retrofit, with bracing placed throughout the structure to better protect against seismic activity. Changes will provide better access to the library via ramps.
The historical significance of the museum is reflected through pieces of architecture from the original 1904 building, when it was owned by the Brand family before being bequeathed to the city of Glendale and converted into a library in 1945. An outdoor plaza was constructed to feature musical performances.
The long-awaited reopening will be preceded by a gala on March 22, which will offer a first look of the newly renovated Brand Library. Self-tours will be available, as well as live music and refreshments.
The official reopening on March 27 will commence with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. A gallery reception on March 29 will feature artwork from local artists.
The Brand Library & Park Open House on March 30 will offer a family friendly event, with tours of the library and a variety of activities available that highlight the arts and also provide a fun day for the family, such as a rock climbing wall, tai chi demonstrations, face painting and more.
The Brand Library & Art Center is located at 1601 West Mountain St. in Glendale.