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UNIQUE TO GILROY LIBRARY Read your way to a free day at Gilroy Gardens. Yoshimura was especially proud of the association between the Gilroy Library and Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park. On any day that Gilroy Gardens is operating, bring proof of your Gilroy residency, your library card, and five check-out receipts from five different dates using the same card, and you get into the park free. Every eligible member of a family can enter after they have each collected their own five receipts. Fatheads rejoice. Fans of the now silent KFAT radio station can check out the LP albums that the disc jockeys used on their programs. These albums were gifted to the library by the station, and contain the hand-written notes the disc jockeys made on the album covers. On the second floor of the spacious library, you will find a separate group study room for homework or discussion sessions and a quiet room, where the rule is one person- one table. And the fun doesn’t stop within the walls of the library, it spills out into the courtyard on the north side of the building. An open space with benches for spectators provides a venue for musicians and entertainers to cater to kids and adults alike. MORGAN HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY The Morgan Hill Library, located at 660 West Main Avenue, is nestled at the base of El Toro. In 2007, it nearly doubled its square footage by moving into its custom-built space. One of Morgan Hill’s destinations for education and learning, it’s home to an ever-expanding host of holdings, which Community Librarian Heather Geddes works hard to keep as current as possible. Library members can make use of several program and meeting spaces, an onsite bookstore where Friends of the Morgan Hill Library sells used books, and numerous desks for studying, many with computer and Internet access. The kids’ section is announced by a bold and bright space mural, and the newly reorganized teen section is highlighted by colorful desks and chairs. There are also quiet seating arrangements for all ages in the back of the library beside periodicals like magazines and newspapers. The western side of the library opens onto a sweeping view of El Toro. There are numerous local art pieces and sculpture, inside and out. The newest addition is a breathtaking, 20-foot tall, “Harmony Tree,” installed by the City of Morgan HIll, lights up at night. The popular community space has always looked for new and creative ways to meet the community’s needs, according to Geddes. They feel the best way to do so in the near future will be through another expansion. They’ve hired local architects Weston Miles to draw up the plans and hope to break ground in the next couple of months, with the renovation expected to take about a year. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN Geddes says they will be focusing the bulk of their work on their children’s area, adding in more interactive elements, possibly a magnet wall, to make it a “destination space,” and more play spaces so that parents who want to enjoy the library can get the best of both worlds. In addition they’ll be adding a new program room and meeting space and are considering a revamp of the lobby and entranceway, as well. The library plans to remain open through the expansion, though some programs may be temporarily curtailed as program rooms undergo renovation. PHYSICAL HOLDINGS The library is rich in physical holdings. People can find books, of course, paper, digital, audio, in several languages and large type; numerous periodicals including magazines, comics, newspapers, research journals and more; DVDs that Geddes has worked to expand the numbers of contemporary and block- buster movies for kids and adults; and musical CDs. ONLINE PROGRAMS As much as a member can access in the brick and mortar walls of the library itself, Geddes emphasizes that with a Santa Clara library card, the entire library catalogue can be ac- cessed from home or in the library. “Everything you can find physically in the library is available online,” she said. Not only can you receive content from the Morgan Hill library, AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 21