The North Neighborhood Library will close on Sunday, July 31 at 4:00PM in preparation for the September 10 opening of the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, according to an announcement released today.
After months of debate behind the dais, in public meeting halls and on Twitter, prompting a cautionary revote by the Long Beach City Council so as to not violate the Brown Act via tweets, a proposal to formally rename the North Branch Library the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library was officially approved with a 6-0 vote Tuesday night.
An initiative to name the new North Branch Library after first lady Michelle Obama cleared another hurdle last night, after the city’s housing and neighborhoods committee voted unanimously to advance the naming motion.
For the second time in as many weeks, the Long Beach City Council’s motion to vote on an item that may have included a violation of the Ralph M. Brown act, a law that protects the public’s right to participate in local legislative bodies, has been called into question, with the focus being the actions leading up to the December vote to move ahead with a proposal to name the new North Branch Library after First Lady Michelle Obama.
The process of naming the new North Branch Library the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library moved forward last night after the city council voted 5-0 to approve the recommendation and to refer it to the council’s Housing and Neighborhoods Committee for further discussion.
The path of the North Branch Library in Long Beach has been about as long and winding as the road traveled by the Joads in the Steinbeck’s 1939 classic. After a planning and construction period that’s spanned nearly six years, now the issue of whose name will adorn its entrance when it opens in Summer 2016 is stirring debate among locals.