Palos Verdes Library Honors First Librarian Agnes McMillan

On Saturday, September 15, the Palos Verdes Library District honored the late Miss Agnes McMillan, the first librarian at the Malaga Cove Library, at an afternoon reception attended by more than 75 people.

Jane Armstrong Hall stands next to the bronze sculpture of Agnes McMillan, Malaga Cove’s first librarian.

Thanks to a generous donation from longtime Palos Verdes resident, Jane Armstrong Hall, age 90, she found a way to fondly remember the librarian who made such a huge difference in her childhood. “I found my solace in the books at the library, where I would curl up on the benches next to the fireplace for hours on end. Miss McMillan introduced me to the world through books, often letting me into the adult section since I had quickly outgrown the children’s books,” she quoted in the September 13, 2012 issue of the Peninsula News written by Annie Lubinsky. To read this fascinating story, just click the Peninsula News link above.

Along with Hall’s donation, she made a request for a plaque to be created of Agnes McMillan. Designed and created by sculptor Ruth Hanzlik, the plaque was unveiled at the reception. It was inspired by a photograph of Agnes and one of Jane as a child.

After an introduction by Library District Director Kathy Gould, local history librarian Monique Sugimoto gave a talk on the history of the Palos Verdes library and traced the lifetime of McMillan.  She was assisted in her research by adult services librarian Dennis Piotorwski.

“Recreation, inspiration, information!” McMillan wrote in her 1939 journal. “These are the objectives of the Palos Verdes Public Library.” Gould confirmed that this is still true today. Following are some other photos from the event.

Jane Armstrong Hall (r), son Chris Hall, and Betty Field Strauss (l), thoroughly enjoyed the reception and unveiling.

Sculptor Ruth Hanzlik and her nephew and niece were pleased with how beautifully the plaque was displayed.


Retired local history librarian Marjeanne Blinn (l), adult services librarian Dennis, current local history librarian Monique Sugimoto, and Library Trustee Diane Robinson, pause for the cameras.

More photos will be posted later in the week to the Peninsula Friends of the Library Flickr photo site on the right sidebar of this web page.

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