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News - October 12, 2012

Around Town

NAME THAT LIBRARY ... As Palo Alto plows forth with its bond-funded renovation of local libraries, city officials are looking far beyond brick-and-mortar fixes. In the case of the Main Library, which is set to be expanded and renovated next year, the city is also considering a name change. The frontrunner so far is "Rinconada Library." That was the recommendation the city's Library Advisory Commission issued at its last meeting on Sept. 27. The recommendation followed a suggestion from the City Council that the name "Main Library" is too vague and meaningless, particularly given that the Newell Road library isn't even the city's largest (that distinction goes to the Mitchell Park Library, which is currently getting rebuilt from scratch). Commissioner Bob Moss advocated the name Rinconada Library at the meeting as a safe option given its location on a centrally located campus that also includes Rinconada Park, the Palo Alto Arts Center and the Junior Museum and Zoo. The city is, in fact, currently putting together a master plan for the Rinconada campus with the goal of improving connections and circulation. Moss said calling the library "Rinconada Library" would be the simplest solution though urged the city to wait until the library is renovated before making the switch. The name change would still have to get approved by the council before it becomes final.

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