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RE: Library expansion onto the area of MCC

From: Schweigart, Derek S <"Schweigart,>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:41:05 +0000

Mr. Russ,

I want to thank you for your email regarding the proposed locations for a new library on the Burgess campus. I don’t know if you received the attached letter that was sent to parents on Thursday last week but here you go.

I would encourage you to stay informed with the project development by visiting the http://menlopark.org/librarysystemimprovements for updates and upcoming meetings. There is a meeting for the Library Siting tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library (800 Alma St.) and parents are encouraged to attend. MCC is offering childcare to parents and if you are interested please contact Angelina Banda at (650) 330-2262 to reserve a spot for your child.

Best Regards,


Derek S. Schweigart
Interim Community Services Director
City of Menlo Park
650-330-2267
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From: Michal Russ [mailto:michal_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 12:55 AM
To: Cat Carlton <cat.carlton_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: Library expansion onto the area of MCC

Dear Council Members/Library Commissioners,

It recently came to my attention that the Menlo Park Library is looking to expand. It is also with complete surprise that I learned that one of the potential expansion sites is on the location where the current Menlo Children Center and After School Program are located.

I am extremely disappointed that no one has reached out to us, parents, to alert us to a potential displacement. We have been notified only recently and the messages we get seem to be mixed.

Having the MCC is critical to our family and is part of the reason we chose Menlo Park. We are a young family, both professionals, myself being a graduate of Stanford GSB. We love Menlo Park but we would not be able to remain here if it weren't for the MCC. And based on my discussion with other parents, many are like us.

Investing in Child Care should be a city priority, It can help attract young, professional families, many of which are excited to join such a community and can contribute to the city. As a resident of Menlo Park, I believe strongly that a lack of investment in chid care will hurt Menlo Park in the near and long term.

Sincerely,
Michal Russ



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Received on Wed Jan 17 2018 - 15:44:30 PST

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