Firstly, the new library will not encroach on any existing green space, or on the tennis courts, the softball area, historical buildings, or the playground.
San Mateo County Library standards suggest that a 10,000-square-foot building would provide basic modern library services to Atherton's current cardholders. The 4,000-square-foot library on Station Lane is obviously not big enough. The environmental impact report was done for a maximum building size of 13,500 square feet to give Atherton residents and its council the option of providing additional community amenities.
Atherton currently provides cramped space for its historical society next to the Council Chambers and for its arts programs in the basement of park's main house. The community will decide whether to accommodate those and other community activities on the second floor of the new library. There has also been talk of a meeting room for lectures and meet-the-author events; our community will decide.
So, all existing park amenities remain, to be complemented by a new library with its wealth of intellectual and spiritual resources. Ongoing library revenues will contribute to adjacent park maintenance. What's not to like about this wonderful synergy? Atherton voters can save their park by putting their library in it.
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