“A library is the delivery room
for the birth of ideas,
a place where history comes to life.”
Libraries have always been such a big part of my life. This morning I made a visit to one of my favorite hide-a-ways, the Malaga Cove Library. When I visit this particular library, it’s always such an inspiration. I leave there with all these new ideas popping into my head, and my creative juices flowing. It’s such a magical place.
Tucked away behind the Malaga Cove Plaza shopping area, this charming library was built in the 1920s. Designed by Pasadena-based architect Myron Hunt, the library was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.
The grounds surrounding the library are another reason I take such pleasure in visiting this library. If I’m in need of a quiet spot to enjoy nature, this is where you can find me. It’s also where you’re sure to catch sight of the popular peacocks who like to roam the grounds.
Malaga Cove is only .66 square miles with approximately 2,000 residents. It’s a charming area that, still retains an old-world charm and small-town feel.
The Olmstead Brothers helped with the initial design of the Malaga Cove Plaza and were responsible for the park-like feel of the city. At the time of the city’s incorporation in 1939, the business and shop area around Malaga Cove contained almost all of the Peninsula’s earlier buildings.
Malaga Cove Plaza serves as the official entry point into Palos Verdes Estates and features beautiful Spanish Renaissance architecture and elegant archways.
On weekends the Plaza holds art exhibits for local artists. The library has weekly and yearly events as well, which are free of charge.
They say “the best things in life are free.” Today, that usually isn’t the case. Except when it comes to visiting the Malaga Cove Library.