Long Beach: Our childhood library celebrates 60 years

From Press Telegram

” Los Altos still had that new-town smell 60 years ago when developer Lloyd Whaley’s crew were hammering the last box of nails into some 11,000 homes built in a flurry of sawdust.It was a new town full of new people, virtually all young couples with at least two youngsters and one or two more on the way, snapping up well-built three-bedroom, two-bath homes at $9,000 to $14,000 a copy.Whaley promised the community would have everything it needed, and he delivered – a mammoth shopping center (see ya, downtown), bundled clumps of churches, extensive parks and our favorite fixture, a new library.The Los Altos Branch is celebrating its 60th anniversary on Tuesday, and it’s hard to believe that it’s that old. We began visiting it with our sister at least once a week in 1959, when our family moved into one of the new Los Altos houses on Vuelta Grande that year.”