Like the five lucky children in the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory movie who win a golden Wonka bar ticket to enter the candy maker's sweet palace, the same amount of Los Gatos kids will get an opportunity to enter a drawing to be the first to gain admission to the new Los Gatos Library the morning of Saturday, Feb. 11.
Town officials announced Wednesday that when the $18 million, 30,000-square-foot facility officially opens its doors for business, five youth ages 5 to 12 will be the first to set foot in the building whose address will be 100 Villa Ave.
The drawing for who will be the holder of the lucky coupons will be held during the Feb. 6 Town Council meeting inside Town Hall's Council Chambers, 110 E. Main St. The deadline to enter is Feb. 1.
Where can children find the lucky tickets to participate in the drawing? The Jan. 10 and Jan. 17 editions will have the "first-to-enter" coupons for the youth to cut and turn in. The tickets are also found on the town's website and at the Town Hall public counter.
Where can children drop off their tickets once they complete them? Town Hall and the office, 10 Station Way, will accept them.
The tickets must have the child's name, age, phone number, email address, a parent's signature and a box checked off stating that the kid will be available on the grand-opening date to enter the library.
The It now sits almost nearly complete adjacent to Town Hall.
It will replace the old 14,000-square-foot library that opened in 1964, which according to Library Director Linda Dydo, was built when the town’s population was about 12,000 residents. It will also be the first new public building built in town in the past 25 years.
The , the day before the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Its grand opening ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Feb. 11 with extended hours of operation until 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12.