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Atherton residents create their own library survey

Original post made on Nov 4, 2011

Atherton residents, whose request to the City Council to survey the town about the location of a new library was not approved, have taken matters into their own hands and created their own survey.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 12:00 AM

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Posted by survey
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 4, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Here are some results from the survey. Responses 155. Highlights are that 70-75% want the town to vote on the issue and 20-30% agree with statements that Atherton wants a bigger library in the park. On several questions 15% or more had no opinion. With 70% of the survey opposed to the vote of the council to move the library and double its size, hopefully the council will listen to the Park and Recreation Committee and those that were surveyed and put this to a vote. To make it easier to read I am combining Strongly Disagree with Disagree and just calling it “Disagree”. Also Strongly agree is combined with Agree and called “Agree”.


I believe the library should remain

within the Town Center area

Disagree 20% (31) No Opinion 25% (39) Agree 55% (85)

I like the Atherton Library small and

quaint the way it is

Disagree 28.5% (45) No Opinion 20% (31) Agree 50% (77)

I think the library needs to be

substantially larger

Disagree 58% (88) No Opinion 18% (28) Agree 25% (37)

I like Holbrook-Palmer Park the way it is


23% (36) No Opinion 19% (30) Agree 57% (87)

Replacing the Main House with a

library is not the right thing for the


Disagree 21% (32) No Opinion 18% (27) Agree 61% (94

Do you believe that a public library

qualifies as a ''recreation'' use for a

park? Yes 29% (44) No Opinion 16% (25) no 55% (84)

The decision to move the library

should be made by a vote of town

residents Disagree 25% (38) No Opinion 5% (7) Agree 71% (110)

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Posted by Pat Cooksey
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 6, 2011 at 10:17 am

I use the library and enjoy its atmosphere each time I enter it. I attended a computer class there which seemed to have ample room for participants.

I have never noticed the sound of the train while in the library.

I have never not been able to find close by parking on those occasions when I have driven instead of walked. The placement of the library is perfect as far as I am concerned.

I visit the park everyday on my walk. I cannot imagine tearing down the house in order to place a library there. The park is built around the house. When you walk in park, you are given a place of restful tranquility as you go around the loop. The people you see there are using the park, not rushing into the library to drop off a book or to use the computer or just use the library for an extended amount of time.

Please keep the two separated the way they are now.

I would hope that citizen voices are not only heard but listened to. I am wondering how this idea came up and once having been voiced why it has been taken to the point of a concrete proposal.

Opinion respectfully submitted by a user of both the library and park.

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