To show the community how much they value PVLD, Christina and George Legg have made donations to the Friends of the Library to name two study rooms at the Peninsula Center branch. First they named study room A, in 2016, to leave a legacy in their name. Then, in 2017, they named study room G in memory of Christina’s mother, Glenna Johnson. Her mother is buried in Michigan and Christina wanted something here with her name on it to remember her.
The Leggs have called Rolling Hills Estates their home since 1987. Frequent patrons at the Peninsula Center branch, they consider the library “The centerpiece of the hill. We love the art, we love the areas where you can read, we love the people, we love the gift shop!” Christina remembers doing research for her papers at the Peninsula branch while in college. Before the internet made this work easy, she was dependent on the card catalogue, and was grateful for the help she received from library staff to track down informatin.
Even when the Leggs lived in Napa Valley, from 2002 until 2012, they maintained their membership as Friends of the Library, renewing every year because they cherished this community resource. One time, at an exhibition of the work of architect A. Quincy Jones at the Hammer Museum in West Los Angeles, they came across a large photo of his design for the Peninsula Center Library. “There we were in Los Angeles, looking at his plan for the Palos Verdes Library.” The experience reminded them that the library is a “magical spot” on the peninsula.
Over the years the couple has donated many books, and they have also bought countless volumes from the monthly book sales. They like the idea that they can buy a book from the library, read it, and then donate it back for someone else to purchase and enjoy. With their donations for the study rooms, they contribute to the library’s fiscal well-being, and—just like their philosophy for recycling books—they are also sharing their thirst for knowledge by providing a quiet place for others to study and learn and to share.