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Library to give away legal advice, comics

Published on April 25, 2014 by Kim Harris

Temecula Library will hold a free legal clinic in celebration of National Law Day on Thursday, May 1, followed by a Free Comic Book Day on May 3.

During the legal clinic, volunteer attorneys will be on hand for 15 minute consultations.

“We had a clinic a couple of weeks ago and 16 people signed up, we had four volunteers and people were able to get their questions answered,” said Efren Nava an assistant at the law library. “We already have 50 people signed up for the upcoming event.”

Nava said with such a high turnout expected registration is required and there is a need for attorneys in all areas of the law.

“We’re working towards finding attorneys who can get those questions answered,” Nava said. “We are looking for anyone out there who is willing to volunteer their time. There are a lot of people out there who lack the financial resources to consult with a lawyer, so this really provides a much needed service for our local community. It’s a great opportunity for them to get their questions answered for free.”

To volunteer or register for the event, call the Temecula Law Resource Center at (951) 693-8902 or send an email to lawlibrary.temecula@rclawlibrary.org. Registrants should include contact information and the specific area of law assistance is required in. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Two days later, on Saturday, May 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Temecula Library will hold a Free Comic Book Day in conjunction with the Friends of the Library and Ryan’s Comics in Murrieta.

Teen services librarian Dan Wood and reference librarian Devyn Reynolds came up with the idea to introduce kids to the graphic novel collection in the library’s teen zone.

“She had mentioned a free comic book day to me and we went all out,” Wood said. “This will be our very first one. There has been a free comic book day at book stores and comic book stores for many years and more recently libraries. There really aren’t any libraries in the area doing it so we figured why not do it here? It’s a good way to introduce teens to the library.”

Friends of the Library is helping to pay for the comic books which will be handed out to teens free of charge while supplies last. Ryan’s Comics has arranged for the comic books to be shipped.

“It’s been a really great relationship them helping us out,” Wood said. “The teens can also enter to win some other prizes including the first 25 comic books in a series. It’s a way to celebrate the medium.”

Teens are also invited to check out the library’s Teen Zone graphic novel collection.

“Libraries are essential and we want people to use them for life,” Wood said.

Call the Temecula Public Library at (951) 693-8944 for more information.

Both events will be held at the Temecula Public Library Branch located at 30600 Pauba Road in Temecula.

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