Community members can learn the latest information about Atherton's plans for a new library at a meeting to be held Thursday, Sept. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park.
The park is the favored location for the planned facility, which would replace the cramped existing library in the Town Center.
The meeting will include "brief informational presentations of findings by a number of experts," according to a press release from the Atherton Library Building Steering Committee, a volunteer committee studying options for building a new facility. There will be tables dedicated to different project topics, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at each station.
A library needs assessment analysis done two years ago is the basis for much of the drive to build a new library of about 11,000 square feet to replace the 4,790-square-foot existing facility. The new library would have greatly expanded materials collections and far more area devoted to computers.
Most of the project's financing would come from an existing fund dedicated exclusively to the library.
Although there is considerable support for the idea of building the library in the town's only park, it has been a tough pill for some to swallow. A number of residents question whether locating the library there will conflict with existing park uses, and whether the traffic generated will be too disruptive for the now generally tranquil setting.