The Friends of Los Gatos Public Library officially kicked off its public fundraising campaign Sunday afternoon with several family activities and music on the Civic Center front lawn.
So far the Friends have reached about 60 percent of an initial $2.1 million goal through private donations. They now hope the public will help them raise the rest—about $250,000 to help buy furniture and fixtures for the under-construction $12 million, 30,000-square-foot library next to Town Hall.
A few hundred people attended the free event. The community had the pleasure of listening to former NASA astronaut Dr. Edward T. Lu, who spoke of his time in space. Children participated in a Q&A with Lu, which allowed them to find out what it was like to be an "extraterrestrial."
The Friends set up a raffle with a chance to win prizes like autographed plaques of Lu. Other activities included a NASA bounce house, mini toy rockets, building toys and a snack bar.
To donate to the Friends' fundraising campaign, click here.