Where should the new Atherton library be located?
Original post made by Peter Carpenter on Mar 28, 2012
Where should the new Atherton library re located?
I would encourage posters to express both their opinion on this issue and their reasons for that opinion.
For my part I do not yet have a personal position on the new location of the Atherton library but I firmly believe that this issue, involving as it does a permanent change in Atherton's only park (not counting the small park adjacent to the current library) and a divided Town Council, should be put to a vote by the citizens. Hopefully this Forum discussion will offer some insight as to the pros and cons of either locating the new library in Holbrook Palmer Park or keeping it as part of the Town Center.
on Mar 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm
Although the Town has almost $6M it must use on Library facilities or programs there is no need for the town to turn over valuable park land to the library to spend that money.
Redwood City and Menlo Park have libraries close by.
The existing library could be expanded (second floor or into the Reading Park) and maybe even take over council chambers. Move council meetings into the park or a room in the town center. Or if the library needs an auditorium convert council chambers to an auditorium block off time for civil meetings.
The town and neighboring communities need open space and fields. Save the open space. Where are the existing offices and storage of the Main House going to go?
on Mar 30, 2012 at 9:49 pm
What is wrong with the current location?
on Mar 31, 2012 at 9:45 am
Nothing is wrong the current location. It is just that the town has $6M in liibrary reserves and some want to build a new facility in the Park.