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Los Gatos Library Grand Opening 'First to Enter' Ticket Winners Announced

Five lucky children are selected Monday evening from drawing to be the first to gain admission to the new Los Gatos Library the morning of Saturday, Feb. 11.

The Los Gatos Town Council selected Monday evening the names of the five lucky children who will be the first to enter the new Los Gatos Public Library the morning of Saturday, Feb. 11, the date of its grand-opening celebration.

The winners of the drawing are:

  • Whitney Hanson, 8
  • Ashley Gold, 5
  • Charles Douglas
  • Aaron Zolla, 7
  • Katie Douglas, 9

Yes, two of the lucky winners appear to be related, but town staff didn't know exactly if they were siblings.

Each council member pulled a name out of box with the raffle tickets held by Assistant Los Gatos Town Manager Pamela Jacobs.

Jacobs, the lead town official on the Los Gatos Library project, said the ceremony for the $18.4 million, two-story, 30,000-square-foot building will be short, but "very sweet."

Music will be provided, as well as remarks by Los Gatos Mayor Steve Rice, special recognitions and "some not-to-be missed" surprises.

Everyone attending is also expected to receive a commemorative gift. There will also be refreshments inside and outside the library and following the opening, there will be an entire weekend of activities that will showcase all of the library's special places, Jacobs said.

Well-known author Thomas Steinbeck, son of the late John Steinbeck, and  graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi will be participating in the opening activities.

Residents can check the complete list of all the grand-opening activities by visiting the town's website and clicking here.

This week's also contains a special commemorative pull-out section, which has the the complete grand-opening weekend schedule.

The main Civic Center parking lot wll be closed to ensure the safety of the crowds, so attendees are encouraged to come early and find parking at the Los Gatos High School parking lot.

"We do hope that everyone is coming to this great event," Jacobs said.

-TV 15 will be filming the opening and will be broadcasting it later for those who want to relive the momentous event in town history, Jacobs added.

"I want to say congratulations to the Los Gatos community for your brilliant new library," she said.

The old town library, operating in the Civic Center on Main Street, was built in 1964 when the town’s population was at about 12,000 residents.

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