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J1. Library System Improvemts

From: domainremoved <Pamela>
Date: Tue, 22 May 2018 12:35:39 -0700

Dear Mayor Ohtaki, Mayor Pro-Tem Mueller, Councilmembers Carlton, Keith and

From the perspective of a retired educator, an equitable, dynamic and
robust 21st century library system is a key to a well-educated populace.
This includes a brick and mortar Belle Haven branch library that will
augment if not provide the missing educational link for library users of
all ages. Today we must create a place and space for knowledge to ensure
information is universally accessible.

Although I am concerned about the disruption to the Menlo Park Children’s
Center and removal of old growth redwood trees, it appears that the Laurel
side location is logical. Consideration should also be given to locating
our 21st century state-of-the-art main branch library in the parking lot
between City Hall and the Gymnasium Center. Either location leaves the
current library site as open space until a final decision is made on the
Ravenswood Avenue rail separation.

The inclusion of amenities like meeting rooms and council chambers while
admirable, must also allocate space for the history of our beautiful city,
by including space for the Menlo Park Historical Association. Cities often
include their historical society/association space within their libraries.

The timeline for elements of the library system is clear. The timeline for
the Belle Haven Branch Library can and should be adjusted to allow
completion in January 2023. Please note the needs assessment for the Belle
Haven Library branch has not been publish and should not be finalized

With the enormous wealth within and surrounding our City, I urge the City
to leverage the donation without burdening taxpayers. The Council support
and approval of an equitable library system will very likely engender
donations. City funds should be used for desperately needed infrastructure
repairs and upgrades. This would help to alleviate concerns by many
citizens regarding how tax dollars are being utilized.

After a careful review, I support the library system improvements and
strongly urge the council to include the above items in its vote for our
library system.

Pamela Jones, Menlo Park resident

Belle Haven Neighborhood

*The impossible dissipates when **I* *becomes **WE**.*
Received on Tue May 22 2018 - 12:35:39 PDT

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