Modern libraries are so much more than book depositories. They’ve become community power centers that have a huge impact on the home values in their local areas. Often offering free classes, interesting events, educational programming, and computers, libraries contribute to a city’s sense of community, providing a free public space that can be used in a variety of ways.
It’s no wonder that, according to the American Library Association, “Homes within ¼ mile of a Library are worth, on average, $9,630 more than homes more than ¼ mile from a Library,” additionally homes a little farther than ¼ of a mile still benefit—their value increasing $650.”
Let’s explore what libraries can do for a community and celebrate some of our favorite Inland Empire libraries:
Inland Empire residents love their libraries. Here’s why.
Our local libraries are one of our community’s most important resources. A neighborhood library isn’t just an excellent place to find great new reads, it’s also a fun and engaging place for children and adults alike. From toddlers to seniors—everyone’s welcome. The Inland Library System encompasses nineteen public libraries that cover territory as far north as Inyo County and as far south as Palo Verde Valley. These member libraries “cooperate their efforts to locate, deliver and share their resources and thereby provide better library service for library customers in the three-county area.”
Chino Hills neighbors use their local library as an information center.
Libraries have been the backbone of learning and research in Southern California for generations, and, at our local branches, staff members are available to help you learn something new and find out what’s happening locally.
The James S. Thalman Chino Hills Branch Library is part of the San Bernardino County Library System (SBCL) and serves as a hub for learning in this community. The library provides educational and recreational access to computers, books, music, movies, newspapers, and magazines through its free Wi-Fi connection. Additionally, the SBCL also offers programs for teens and adults, literacy development, research, kids, and volunteer opportunities.
Those who participate in the Children and Teen reading challenge can earn prizes for tracking their reading completion.
Eastvale residents enjoy free events
As part of the Riverside County Library System (RCLS), events at the Eastvale branch are listed on the RCLS website. Family Storytime is held every Saturday from 11:00 AM to Noon and promises “fun songs, read-alouds, and crafts.”
Diamond Bar locals celebrate their library community
Benefitting from its connection to the LA County Library System, the Diamond Bar branch is committed to serving the community with its abundance of programming ranging from storytime hours to crafting activities, gardening lessons to author talks. Friends of the Diamond Bar Library hosts an annual Wine Soirée, runs a bookstore inside the library, and offers a Read Together Diamond Bar program as well as a student essay contest.
The Corona Library hosts book clubs and offers homework help
The Corona Public Library exists to serve the reading, learning, and information needs of all people. This involves working with the community to provide programs and resources, with a focus on lifelong learning. The staff strives to provide excellent customer service, and events range from makers’ markets to art classes, genealogy research to ESL learning. A full list of offerings is available on the Corona Library calendar.
Friends of the Corona Library also offers an abundance of activities including an annual barbeque, a Thriller, Mystery, and Crime Author Lunch, and a book store.
If you’re house hunting, consider picking real estate near a library
As we’ve previously discussed, homes located near libraries enjoy boosts in their value upwards of $10,000. Libraries also help build local economies through job creation and workforce development. They bring an influx of money to the businesses in their immediate vicinity through “halo spending,” making those areas more desirable, driving demand and home values higher.
Don’t have a library card yet? It’s free and easy to get one—just head to your local branch and sign up!
Local library locations
San Bernardino County Library System
Chino Hills James S. Thalman Branch
14020 City Center Dr. Chino Hills, CA 91709-5442
13180 Central Ave. Chino, CA 91710-4125
Cal Aero Preserve Academy Branch
15850 Main Street Chino, CA 91708
9955 Fremont Ave. Montclair, CA 91763
Riverside County Library System
7447 Scholar Way Eastvale, CA 92880
3240 Hamner Ave, Suite 101B Norco, CA 92860
3785 Neece St. Corona, CA 92879
7581 Rudell Road Corona, CA 9288
Los Angeles County Library System
Diamond Bar Library
21800 Copley Dr. Diamond Bar, CA 91765
21155 La Puente Rd. Walnut, CA 91789
Inland Library Network
Upland Public Library
450 N Euclid Ave, Upland, CA 91786
Corona Public Library
650 S Main St. Corona, CA 92882
Ontario Public Library
3850 East Riverside Drive Ontario, CA 91761
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