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LA Library supporters planning centennial celebration this fall


The first library opened in 1914 in the Copeland building at First and Main streets.

Virtually since the beginning of Los Altos, there’s been a library.

The village was in its infancy when the first library opened in 1914. C.E. Minor, a land agent, offered to open and run a library in his office in the Copeland building at First and Main streets for $5 a month. The initial collection comprised approximately 50 books.

Fast forward 100 years and the Los Altos main library and its Woodland Branch counterpart are part of the Santa Clara County Library District.

One of the most well-used branches in the Santa Clara County system, the main library circulates tens of thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and other materials every year.

“My (biggest) shock was how busy this library was,” said Judith Gregg, new community librarian for the Los Altos libraries.

Gregg and Mary Popek of the Los Altos Library Endowment are organizing a celebration Oct. 11 at the library to honor its centennial.

The event will aim to entertain and inform residents about the library’s past and what it offers today, Gregg said.

The all-day event is slated to begin at 10 a.m. with a Library Day Proclamation presented by Los Altos Mayor Megan Satterlee. Presentation of a plaque will follow, donated by the Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community in honor of Carol Tefft, the longtime head librarian who passed away in 2013.

The event will also include an antique car exhibit, a 1914-era Penny Farthing bicycle and displays from the Los Altos History Museum.

Entertainment will feature performances by Shasta Brass, Magic Dan the Magician, a Palo Alto Philharmonic quartet, students from the Community School of Music and Arts, and the ’bout Time Bluegrass Band.

Other activities will include balloon animals and Star Wars characters, a historical costume photo booth, a 3-D printer exhibit, watercolor performance art and booths featuring representatives of the Santa Clara Valley Native Plant Society and Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts and a book sale hosted by Friends members.

For more information, visit sccl.org/losaltos.

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