Happy 1st Birthday, Los Gatos Library!

Week-long anniversary celebration for popular town facility begins Sunday, Feb. 10.

The Los Gatos Library, 100 Villa Ave., celebrates its one-year anniversary Monday, Feb. 11 and town officials are planning daily festivities beginning this Sunday and continuing until Feb. 16 to mark the special occasion.

The birthday program features a special event each day (see attached program PDF) to commemorate the $18.4 million, 30,000-square-foot, two-story building's official opening on a drizzly and cold Saturday morning last year.

Highlights include children’s author Brenda Ehrmantraut, presented in partnership with Silicon Valley Reads; an evening reception to thank the community for its contributions to the new library; and an afternoon of poetry with the town’s new poet laureate Erica Goss.

In its first year, the new library has drawn significant numbers of patrons: new library cards have increased 170 percent; reference questions are up 77 percent; material circulation is up 70 percent and 51 percent more visitors have come through the doors, town officials said in a press release.

Most afternoons, dozens of teens are studying and socializing in the library's teen room, and children and their parents occupy every space on the floor for story time.

Adults have found their favorite spots to read, relax, or take advantage of the many computers.

"The new Los Gatos library has fulfilled expectations of being a center for life-long learning and a community gathering place," the release stated.

Last year, former Los Gatos Mayor Steve Rice called the opening of the new library a day of firsts: The first public facility built from the ground up in Los Gatos in 40 years, the community's first visit to the dazzling building and the first library in Santa Clara County to achieve Gold LEED status for features that conserve natural resources and protect the environment.

Carol Hamilton, president of the Friends of the Los Gatos Public Library, helped raise $2.1 million to pay for the library's furniture, fixtures and equipment.

Rice said supporters' generosity was impressive with some residents donating more than $10,000 and The Valley Foundation giving $500,000.

Here's the complete list of events, which are free:

  • Silicon Valley Reads presents author Brenda Ehrmantraut and her book, Night Catch at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 in the Los Gatos Library's children's room.
  • Join town officials for a "Thank You Community Reception," featuring music and treats to celebrate the library's first year at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 in the facility's lobby.
  • The View From 16: Teens from Los Gatos High School and other high schools perform reader’s theater pieces from a variety of literature at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the library's teen room.
  • Library Grand Tour: Meet your town librarian for a walking tour of the
    library one year later at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 in the facility's lobby.
  • Uncle Jer’s Bee Show: This honey of a show will teach you all about bees!
    Honey samples will be provided at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 in the facility's children's room.
  • Piper Richard Katz: Listen to and learn about Highland and Uillean pipes
    and bagpipes with local piper Richard Katz at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 in the facility's reading room.
  • Come listen to poetry and meet Los Gatos' new poet laureate Erica Goss in a casual, warm environment at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 in the facility's fireplace room.
Jane Darwin February 06, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Has it already been a year? I remember that drizzly cold day and yet the new library shown bright against the clouds. We Rotarians (Los Gatos Morning Rotary and The Rotary Club of Los Gatos) were proud to be there to show off the Youth "Conference" room we were honored to be able to support.
Sheila Sanchez February 06, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Just have to express my deep appreciation here for Los Gatos Librarian Henry Bankhead and library volunteer Stephanie Mathews. Henry began helping Los Gatos Patch in February of 2011 by providing us with his awesome book/media lists and history photos four our Saturday history column. Now Stephanie has graciously taken on the latter task and she's doing a phenomenal job! Her contributed article is becoming more and more popular as our town residents love local history so much. Thank you Los Gatos Library for all your service to our community. Thank you for all your contributions to Los Gatos Patch.
Chopstixthebook February 06, 2013 at 11:10 PM
I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new library. It is beautiful and inviting and has quickly become my home away from home on the weekend as well as my second "office". In addition, I regularly check out books on tape to listen as I commute over an hour a day. The selection is great and makes my commute so enjoyable! The addition of a small cafe is another outstanding service for those of us who delight in a cup of coffee while reading, studying or working. My only wish is that extended evening hours be added a couple more days during the week. I guess I can't get enough!!!
Kim Ratcliff February 07, 2013 at 04:20 AM
Although I've checked out a ton of books, I can't believe it took me a whole year to go in with my laptop and work on my novel, but I did! Now I am hooked~the quiet room was so quiet, and the view of the hillside was so inspiring, especially with mama deer and baby fawn making a cameo appearance.
Jeffrey Bachman February 07, 2013 at 07:25 AM
Any time of the year, it is a nice place to go and enjoy the people and the ambience. Very pleasant experience every time.


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