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January 7, 2009 > Special areas within the Milpitas Public Library

Special areas within the Milpitas Public Library

Submitted By Ian McNamara
Photos By Dustin Findley

The Library Lobby, between the grammar school and the garage entrance, contains the library's lobby with the central services desk, new arrival display shelves and electronic self-checkout scanner machines.


Josephine Guerrero Children's Activity Room

Josephine Guerrero, born November 18, 1919, was instrumental in efforts to bring library services to Milpitas in the 1950s. Guerrero's first concern was for the education and welfare of children. She served 32 distinguished years as the first chair of the Milpitas Library Advisory Commission.


Ed Cavallini Tower

Ed Cavallini, born May 18, 1923, worked for the Milpitas Community Library from 1978 to 2000. He served over three decades in the Santa Clara County Library system. Cavallini still commutes from Monterey to Milpitas in a Volkswagen bus to volunteer at the Milpitas Public Library. He established the Milpitas History Room and was a founding director of the Milpitas Historical Society.

The Ed Cavallini Tower features the hanging sculpture "Fertile Ground" a two-story glass and steel enclosure, uses an innovative ventilation system, and energy saving window installation.

"Fertile Ground" is a floating sculpture of dichroic glass, originally developed by NASA, rondelles and Euclidean shapes that depicts a colorful universe. It represents ideas created inside a viewer's mind.

The artist, Cork Marchesci, used numerous attachment points to hang shapes at different heights, some as low as 12 feet above the floor. Suspended on stainless steel ball bearing swivels to move with air currents, the sculpture is engaged in constant gentle movement. Sculpture objects will reflect and refract light at different angles and colors during the rise and fall of the sun, to create a soothing, subtle, floating atmosphere.


Robert Keely Reading Area

Robert Keely, born October 4, 1935, a long-time library advocate, served 20 years on the Milpitas Library Advisory Commission. Keely also served many years on the Santa Clara County Library Commission. He is a founding member of the Milpitas Historical Society.


Cesar Chavez Reading Area

Cesar Chavez, born March 21, 1927, died April 23, 1993, co-founded what became the United Farm Workers and led a historic national non-violent movement for farm worker rights. In his youth, Chavez worked in the fields of California, including the Milpitas area. He inspired farm workers and millions of others to social, economic and civil rights activism. His legacy continues to educate, inspire and empower people from all walks of life.


Martin Luther King, Jr.Academic & Career Center

Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929, died April 4, 1968, was a pivotal civil rights activist during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1964, he became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end segregation and racial discrimination through non-violent means.

Located on the second floor of the library, the Academic & Career Center provides public access to education and employment information for the public. The room contains personal computers with desktop publishing software and connection to the Internet.

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