Riviera Lodge No. 780 in Pacific Palisades presented its local public library with a gift of 12 Masonic books on December 10, selected and purchased by the brothers of Riviera Lodge.
The idea of stocking a public bookshelf with Masonic literature was conceived in 2003, at the cornerstone ceremony conducted by Riviera Lodge for the new Palisades Branch Library, part of Los Angeles public library system. At the time, there were no Masonic books available in the libraryís catalog. With the library's consent, Chaplain George Black and Secretary Bill Branch spearheaded a project to select and donate books representing a full spectrum of Masonic literature, including educational, classical, and popular literature. Now, a full shelf in the Palisades Public Library is dedicated to Masonic books.
Among the 12 volumes are Coilís Masonic Encyclopedia, published in 1996, "The Newly Made Mason," published in 1948, and "Is It True What They Say About Freemasonry?" published in 2004.
Pictured above: Chaplain George Black at the Masonic bookshelf at Palisades Branch Library.