Events With Friends


2018 Events

October 12-14

Friends of Los Gatos Library are sponsoring two of the Irish writers in this year’s festival.



10.00am to 11.15am
Los Gatos Library



The Cruelty Men

 11am – 11.45am
Los Gatos Library

Coming October 20
Friends Of Los Gatos Library Bookstore
11:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.

Joe Galiardi, author of Hooked on Autographs (2009)
Copies will be available.

Hooked on Golf

An Engaging Memoir

A native of Connellsville, Pennsylvania, Joe Galiardi graduated from Penn State in 1957 where he lettered in tennis. He served two years in the U.S. Army following college.

Joe worked for an advertising and public relations agency in Pittsburgh following his two years of active duty in the Army. He came to San Francisco in 1962 to direct Wells Fargo Bank’s weekly KRON TV show, “Science in Action.” Two years later he joined Allstate Insurance Company and became their Public Affairs Manager and District Sales Manager for Northern California for 30 years.

Active in civic affairs, Joe was honored by many organizations throughout his Allstate career. He was named “Man of the Year” in Sacramento in 1968. He received from Mayor Diane Feinstein an Award of Merit from the City and County of San Francisco for his active involvement in the establishment of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD). Candy Lightner, founder of MADD, was on hand for the ceremony at city hall.

Joe has the largest and most diversified private collection of autographed golf balls in the world. His collection of signed golf balls extends beyond golf superstars to include other famous notable athletes, Hollywood celebrities, and the last nine U.S. Presidents. His 2009 published book, Hooked on Autographs, describes many of his favorite tales in garnering and gathering the sought-after and prized autographed golf balls.

On April 10, 2015, Joe was informed by the Guinness World Records, London, England, that his application for Largest Collection of Autographed Golf Balls was approved. His unique collection is listed in the 2017 Guinness World Records under the section – Collectors.

Joe is a member of the Penn State Varsity Club and the Saratoga Country Club. He and his wife, Judy, have two children and three granddaughters. He lives in Cupertino, CA.

Previous Events of 2018

JULY with Dr. Victoria Sweet

Dr. Sweet and Alyce Parsons

In July, Dr. Victoria Sweet spoke to a standing-room only crowd. You can find out more about her latest trip and her visit with Carlo Petrini, the creator of The Slow Food Movement.  HERE.

APRIL with Swimming Olympic Gold Medalists

Bianca and Sonja Van der Velden


Synchronized Swimming Gold Medalists Bianca and Sonja Van der Velden-OLY share their journey from Olympic Hopefuls, to Olympic Winners.

Come hear their story and see the video of their Olympic winning routine.





FEBRUARY with Mark Lukach, author of My Lovely Wife In The Psych Ward, a Silicon Valley Reads 2018

An incredible story through years of battling mental illness.

Four and five star reviews, say this is a “powerful and raw story,” “heartbreaking,” “intimate portrait of mental illness and how if affects those closest to the sufferers.” Many write, “Must read.”