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Check it Out – El Retiro Library Re-Opens

Great news for our community

El Retiro library is open and welcoming back patrons! The plumbing issues that caused the library’s year-long closure have been resolved and additional upgrades were made. The 64-year-old library has new carpeting and paint, new electrical outlets at every computer station, and modern, modular furniture that replaces the previous tables and chairs from the last remodel in the 1970s.  The mobile furniture provides an easy way to adapt the library space for guest speakers, children’s performers and study groups. 

Starting in December, El Retiro will be the first library in the Torrance system to take part in a pilot study called Open+.  Funded by a State of California grant, the program allows patrons to enter the library even when it’s closed using a self-service system. Patrons will be pre-approved to use the service and will be able to access self-checkouts, computer usage, printing, WIFI and use of the space.

El Retiro Library is located at 126 Vista Del Parque and is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 2 pm to 6 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm (310-375-0922).

A message from Riviera Elementary Principal Christie Forshey

Riviera’s 70th birthday party on September 9  happened to fall on a day of wild weather, but not even extreme heat, wind, rain and a power outage could stop the fun. Thousands of students, staff and neighbors past and present came together to celebrate seven decades of memories at Riviera Elementary.

Food trucks offered tasty treats and historical photos and mementos were on display in the cafeteria. With the power out, a Jeep battery powered the band’s electric guitar and sound system and a real piano was rolled outside.  Guests danced in the rain until dark.