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In favor of new Main Library (and Belle Haven branch too!): let's be forward-thinking about our city's needs!

From: domainremoved <Tammy>
Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2018 20:55:01 -0700


I am a long-time resident of Menlo Park (moved here 15 years ago), and my
children and their friends make great use of the current Main Menlo Park
library. Unfortunately, compared to Mitchell Park and other newer libraries
in nearby cities, ours seems shabby and outdated. Let's get with the
program and provide a place for the next generation of our community to
grow and learn and study together, in a well-lit, welcoming,
technologically-appropriate library!

Think ahead 5, 10 years from now. We will be in dire need of a new library,
and beginning construction at that stage would be too late for the city's
needs. Our population is growing (I think our affordable housing advocates
would agree), as will our city's needs for a library that's modern and
utilitarian. Why not take up Mr. Arrillaga on his generous offer now and
spend half (or less) of the cost of building a new library, not to mention
the value of the dollar now versus in the future? Think of all of the
amenities that we can add to a library plans with his funding, versus
trying to skimp on amenities if the city is paying for everything in full
with no funding outside of the city's budget. You would actually be saving
the city several tens of millions of dollars in the long-term. Please do
what's best for our city's future by taking action now.

As stated by many vocal residents, our Main Library could use improvement,
and the Belle Haven branch is woefully inadequate.

Cheers to agreeing that we need to move forward!

~ Tammy
Received on Sat Aug 18 2018 - 20:54:24 PDT

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