Los Gatos Library Project Underway

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010  |  Updated 2:15 PM PDT
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Los Gatos Library Project Underway

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The Los Gatos community broke ground Monday on a new two-story,  30,000-square-foot library that is set to open in two years.

     The library, which cost $18 million, will replace the town's  14,000-square-foot library built in 1966.      The new library will have a children's wing, complete with a  celestial ceiling, a dedicated story area, seats at windows decorated with  mosaics of recycled plastic, and an outdoor children's garden.
     For teens, the library will offer a pop-out "tree house" on the  second floor.
     History buffs can absorb the town's past in a corner that will  look out over the site of a former winery.
     Other key features of the new library are a technology lab with 12  computers and ports and a periodical reading room with cozy chairs and a  fireplace opening up into an outdoor courtyard nestled against the hill.
     Patrons will be greeted by a grand staircase with a two-story  translucent wall designed by an artist in the lobby.
     Overall the library will have more than 60 computers and ports and  energy-saving systems throughout the facility and grounds.
     A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday morning for the new  library. Planning for the library began in 2007 and received final approval  this year.
 

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