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News - March 15, 2017

Briefs: Should Menlo Park build a new library?

The Menlo Park Library is undergoing a "space needs study" and, according to city documents, three schemes to expand the library are being considered.

One option, a remodel, would cost about $32.3 million.

The other two options are building a new one-story building, which would cost about $41.3 million, or building a new two-story building, which would cost about $40.3 million, according to Noll & Tam Architects.

The City Council is scheduled to discuss the study, and maybe pick an option to pursue further, at its March 28 meeting.

Go to to see diagrams of the three proposed schemes and more information.

Science night

The Menlo Park Library will hold a family friendly, after-hours science night on March 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Among participating organizations are the Marine Mammal Center, the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, the National Weather Service, the Beekeepers' Guild of San Mateo County, and Menlo Park businesses Cheeky Monkey Toys and Kepler's Books.

The library is located at 800 Alma St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center.


Posted by Marge Stone, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 17, 2017 at 3:33 pm

Why is the City Council considering spending millions of dollars remodeling or replacing our library instead of allocating funds for more staff? The budget for staff has been cut so much that the library can't even stay open for the longer hours that were so useful to our community in the past. For example, have you ever tried going to the library on a Tuesday morning, or returning books on a holiday?

Posted by MP Resident, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 21, 2017 at 12:49 pm

The *facility* is fine. It may need some minor updates, but the primary value of a library is not the building; it's the library staff. It would be much better to invest in more staff, longer hours, and more events / services / etc.

Taking what we would spend on the bonds for the construction, and instead using it to fund librarians would be a much wiser use of taxpayer money.

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