Woodside: Major remodel to close town library for several months


The Woodside Library will close Saturday, Aug. 1, for six to nine months for a major remodel.

The closure, originally set for July 18, was delayed to time it with Town Hall's awarding of the remodeling contract, now set for July 28.

Also, officials didn't want to close the library earlier than necessary, according to Tom Fortin, deputy director of the San Mateo County Library system, of which the Woodside Library is a part, and Woodside Town Engineer Paul Nagengast.

Reopening is set for spring 2016.

During the remodel, library management will be using the library website to post information of interest to Woodside patrons.

Residents will be able to place holds on materials and have them mailed, or pick them up at any library in San Mateo County.

The $3 million remodel is meant to create an interior better suited for 21st century uses of a library, including more capability for digital materials, gathering spaces for children and teens, more light and lower energy bills.

The structural elements of the building will be improved to meet current building codes, and seismic upgrades will bolster the building's reliability in a major earthquake.

The library will get new restrooms and a new roof, and will be retrofitted to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

During the remodel, Woodside Library staff will be reassigned, some to the Portola Valley Library, Mr. Fortin said. Staff will be boxing up the Woodside Library's collections for temporary storage out of the building.

Once the shutdown goes into effect, a fence will surround the library, including its parking lot, Mr. Nagengast said.

Extra parking will be available on the south side of Woodside Road along the half-mile stretch between Roberts Market and Fox Hollow Road, Mr. Nagengast said.

Ongoing programs

Some programs will continue. Baby Rhyme Time at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesdays will move up the street to Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road. The library may hold other occasional programs for kids or adults at Independence Hall, Branch Manager Garrett Kuramoto said.

The Book Club will move next door to the Woodside Village Church, meeting at the same time -- 1 p.m. on the first Monday of the month.

The Portola Valley Library, located at 765 Portola Road, is the designated substitute for Woodside patrons during the remodel. The hours are identical. The libraries open at 11 a.m. every day except Sunday, close at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and are closed on Sundays.

Woodside Library's Paws program, in which children read to a dog, will take place at the Portola Valley Library at 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month, Mr. Kuramoto said.

Tai Chi, normally held on Friday mornings outside the Woodside Library, will shift to the Portola Valley Town Center at a location not yet settled on, he said.

— Dave Boyce

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Posted by Parking nightmare coming
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jul 18, 2015 at 10:47 am

Renovating the library and the school in the same time period is really unfortunate. There isn't enough parking as it is for school drop-offs, pick-ups or special events at the school, and the library was helpful for overflow parking and combined with quick trips to the library.

Will the school consider staggering the school start times for elementary vs. middle? Even 10-15 minutes would reduce the drop-off / pickup traffic nightmare.

Not looking forward to school parking this coming year! And no, we don't live close enough to walk or bike. We do carpool. How about a school bus, paid for with fees by parents that use it?

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