WEST HOLLYWOOD—The West Hollywood Library celebrated its fifth anniversary by having two days of events that kicked off on Friday, September 30 and lasted until Saturday, October 1. Celebrations started on Friday at the city council chamber with the panel discussion, “Do Libraries Have a Future?”

The panel which started at 7 p.m. was held in conjunction with Zócalo Public Square publisher Gregory Rodriguez and WeHo Reads. The panel explored how libraries fit into a hyper-connected, digital world. The library held a series of family friendly events from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. There was a special birthday-themed BookPALS reading at 11 a.m. Young children were able to attend a soundSpark concert by SASSAS (Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound).

Both events were held in the Children Theatre at the library. Some children received free books from the library by attending either event. The birthday party was given by the Friends of the West Hollywood Library from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in the library’s community room and adjacent park at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.

The party had a caricaturist, henna tattooing, a crafts table, face painting, a juggler, a magician, and a balloon artist.

“In addition to celebrating the library’s birthday, a fun party provides an opportunity to bring folks to the library who may not have been here before,” said Friends President Linda Demmers. “It has become the ‘heartbeat’ of our city and we are eager to share it with others.”