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Tonight: Atherton reviews options for new library

 

A community meeting to review options for a new library in Atherton is set for Tuesday, June 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Pavilion in Holbrook-Palmer Park.

The town is hosting the meeting to allow the public to review and comment on a citizen advisory committee's choice of six possible sites for the planned facility -- five of them in the park and the sixth at the library's current location in the Town Center.

A needs assessment study presented to the City Council in February 2010 determined that the existing 4,790-square-foot library is far too small to meet the public's needs, and that a new facility of up to about 11,000 square feet should be built to increase the library's collections and provide more reading, study and meeting space.

Click here for an earlier Almanac article about the plan.

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Posted by Belbrook
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 1, 2011 at 9:51 am

Will they be building separate, private, facilities in the new library for people to view pornography?

As I understand it, the library's operator, Peninsula Library System, does not filter pornography. I'm not sure if this is unique to Atherton or across their entire system. Apparently, it is a constitutional right to view porn at the library.

The result is the library attracts non-residents who don't have the financial means to access the Internet in private, at home.

If you allow pornography in the workplace, you get sued for creating a hostile work environment. But, at the library, you get sued for violating a first amendment right if you prevent access. We can't seem to get of our own way sometimes.

Who wants to take their kids to reading hour at the library and risk the possibility they will be exposed to inappropriate material? Is this the community gathering place the advocates envision??

If we're determined to spend the $5 million on a new white elephant in Holbrook Palmer Park, let's make sure it has a "dirty book store" section which is restricted to adults only.


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Posted by gotaDell
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:37 am

It is my understanding they will go from 6 computer stations to 17 in a separate room. Aside from the pitch it will be a community center I think a study showed over 80% of people in Atherton has their own computers. So why put computers in there anyway with my tax money so non-Atherton people can use computers in the Park?
Sort of crazy madam librarian.


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