Los Altos’ new head librarian not only wants residents to view the city’s two libraries as valued local resources, but also as places for them to share their passions with others.
Judith Gregg, appointed community librarian of the main library and Woodland Branch March 17, said she aims to bring an open-door approach to her new position. She wants Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents to have a hand in determining local programming. Part of her plan includes scheduling more poetry readings and book talks by local authors promoting their work.
Gregg believes that a local library should serve as a place that offers inclusive programming inspired by “grassroots ideas from the community.”
“I think a community librarian is in a unique position to create partnerships with other groups and people in town and make (the library) the center of the community,” said Gregg, whose experience include stints at several San Jose-area libraries, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library. “There’s so much talent that I’d like to draw on in the community and have them bring it to the library to share with others.”
Gregg, who worked for 10 years in the San Diego County Library system before relocating to the Bay Area, noted that she initially didn’t give much consideration to the open position in Los Altos – made available when Jane Cronkhite transferred to Campbell – until she received encouragement from a friend. On a whim, she made a quick trip to town for a cup of coffee and conversation with some local residents – and walked away impressed.
“I immediately became enchanted by the community and their level of involvement with the library,” said Gregg, who noted that the Los Altos main library is slated to receive two 3-D printers for public use. “I’ve never had such a warm welcome. People were so pleased to see me. And Los Altos is the prettiest town I’ve seen in a long while, as well.”
Since her appointment, Gregg said she’s made it a personal goal to learn more about the area. She’s already a fan of the walking trails in Los Altos Hills and plans to participate in GreenTown Los Altos’ family-friendly Native Garden Bike Tour Saturday.
“It’ll be another way for me to see the community,” she said.
Gregg noted that the community’s enthusiasm for its libraries makes her job easier.
Judith Gregg becomes new librarian at Los Altos Library - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier