Starting today, the City Height's library will open up to the public on Sundays, thanks to a family’s generous donation.
Councilmember Todd Gloria announced Friday that the Price Family Charitable fund presented a $40,000 grant to open the City Heights/Weingart Branch Library and Performance Annex on Sundays from 1:00 – 5:00 pm.
Back in March, Sunday hours were taken away due to the city’s financial hardships.
Libraries have become a staple in each community, said councilmember Gloria who expressed the vital role they play in City Heights.
"By helping bridge the divide between those who have access to information and those who do not, library services are critical, particularly to the community of City Heights where there is a high concentration of lower income households and small businesses," said Gloria.
In addition to the library grant, the grant contributed $2,430 to fund summer hours and programs at the Mid-City Gymnasium. The fund will allow the gym to open for three hours every Sunday from 12:00-3:00 p.m. which started on June 24 and runs through September 4, 2011.
The Mid-City gym opened in 1996 as a result of community efforts to have one location provide recreation and education.
The additional hours given are in hopes of providing the community a safe environment to practice good health, fitness and exercise.
The contribution will keep the programs running until June 24, 2012. Councilmember Garcia expressed how thankful he is for the contribution.
“Since 1994, the Price Family has contributed to the renaissance of City Heights," said Garicia. "I applaud their focus to continually improve housing, shopping options, healthcare, education, social services, public safety, and job opportunities for this diverse neighborhood.”