The biggest event in town 40 years ago this week — next to the commencement exercises being held for the LCHS Class of 1971, that is — was the grand opening of the new public library on Oakwood Avenue. Its predecessor was just one of the hundreds of casualties felt here when the state Division of Highways cut a wide swath through our valley to make way for the 210 Freeway.
Rapid gains in technology and the recent popularity of e-readers lead me to wonder what libraries (and bookstores) will morph into within the next decade or so. But I’m in a mood to look back today, so I thought I’d reflect on the history of the La Cañada library. Maybe you’ll enjoy a little trip down that road with me. Perhaps it will provide stimulating dinner table fodder: You might be able to stump your companions with such questions as, “Do you know when the first La Cañada library was founded?” Or, “Guess how many different sites La Cañada’s library has occupied?”