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Hot Day - Library Closed - Again

Original post made by Reader, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 14, 2007

With memories of last summer, Mitchell Park library is closed again due to excessive heat. In other communities, the library is a place to go to cool down on a hot day, but not in Palo Alto. I don't expect the librarians to work in excessive temperatures (although I have to without a/c) but it is happening so often that heat closes the library that we must now realistically say that the library can't give a good service in summer.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 15, 2007 at 12:04 pm

Hmmm. Maybe we should have one nice library, with air conditioning.

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Posted by Sean
a resident of Southgate
on Jun 15, 2007 at 12:25 pm

Air conditioning contributes to global warming (Second Law of Thermodynamics). Can't have that! Get used to it, and sweat it out. Librarians should just work in the heat. Is a/c a legal right?

Can we shut off the a/c in City Hall, too?

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Posted by I'm burning up in dante's inferno
a resident of another community
on Jun 15, 2007 at 9:51 pm

The library is closed when the heat creates a "hazardous working environment that threatens the safety and health of city workers." Having staff members pass out on the job due to heat stroke isn't on the city's priorities on the moment. I feel guilty for getting a paid day off at the expense of city taxpayers, but working at a place like Mitchell Park just jeopardizes my health. Hopefully my job app goes through at Los Altos Branch (the dream workplace of every Palo Alto librarian).

No a/c in city hall??? You must be joking... With no windows that open in that building? On a hot day try leaving your kid/dog in a car with the windows closed and watch what happens.

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Posted by Fred
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 15, 2007 at 11:42 pm

Burning - I think it is great that the Los Altos Branch is every PA librarian's dream. As a library patron, I'm right there with you!


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Posted by it's cool here
a resident of Los Altos
on Jun 16, 2007 at 4:35 pm

I welcome all Palo Altans to drop by the Los Altos Library branch. It's air conditioned and also serves cold drinks near the checkout lines.

We may only have one library, but in Los Altos we go for quality not quantity.

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Posted by Sean
a resident of Southgate
on Jun 16, 2007 at 5:05 pm

"I welcome all Palo Altans to drop by the Los Altos Library branch. It's air conditioned and also serves cold drinks near the checkout lines."


Did you not watch "An Inconveient Truth" by Al Gore? We are at a crisis point! We need to act NOW!! How can you suggest that air conditioning is a good thing? Do you want sea levels to rise by more than 20 feet?

We need to save the planet NOW!!!

By banning air conditioning in Palo Alto and Los Altos, we can reduce our carbon footprint. This would make us leaders in the crusade to eliminate global warming. There is no other choice. If we do not sacrifice, we will not be able to lead the rest of planet.

I hope that Yoriko will lead the effort to ban air conditioning. The stakes are very high, so Yoriko can be a real leader. Time to sweat it out!!!

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Posted by No meat or air con
a resident of Triple El
on Jun 16, 2007 at 8:34 pm

In addition to Sean's idea above, we have heard how the raising of animals for meat contributes greatly to global warming. I suggest that Mayor Yoriko draft an immediate law banning the use of air condition in Palo alto and also banning the possesion and consumption of meat within the borders of Palo Alto. Naturally all restaraunts serving meat will have to close.
to ensure complaince the newly hired environmental commissioner will be given a special police force and they will be allowed to enter any PA home or business to ensure that no one is using an air conditioner or eating meat.
Mayor Yoriko will force this climate change down our throats whteher we like it or not.

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Posted by enough already
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 16, 2007 at 8:56 pm

it's cool here, a resident of Los Altos,
"We may only have one library, but in Los Altos we go for quality not quantity."
Are you forgetting your Woodland branch? It's true, the main branch is excellent, as are several of the other libraries that are part of the same Santa Clara County Library system. Cupertino, Campbell and Saratoga are all good ones. I guess that's what can be expected when resources are pooled together. Their online services are also exceptional. It's no wonder they're ranked as the Number 1 library in the country. Web Link

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Posted by Reader
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 16, 2007 at 10:20 pm

What online services do they have that we don't?

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Posted by A Resident
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jun 16, 2007 at 11:14 pm

Mitchell Park is deliberately left with no air conditioning because the powers that be want you all to vote big bucks for a brand new library facility plus community center. Air conditioning may end up costing us all $40 Million plus!!!!

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 17, 2007 at 9:46 am

Years ago I worked on the last Mitchel Park remodel - all I was allowed to add was a ceiling exhaust fan.
Perhaps it is time to reapraise the concept. All on line cataloging with remote book shelving and one hour delivery of an ordered book anywhere in the city. They do it with pizas and they have to cook them. Expand the community center but keep kiosks for the electronically deprived.

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Posted by Juliet
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 17, 2007 at 2:00 pm

Why don't we join the county system? the efficiency in maintaining the collection could be huge. Maybe years ago our library was better than the others, but now we, and everyone else can benefit from cooperation.

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Posted by I'm burning up and waiting patiently for change
a resident of another community
on Jun 17, 2007 at 3:21 pm

join the county system? Great idea...

But OH NO!!! That means Palo Alto can only have ONE library in its city limits and then the college terrace and downtown residents start crying.

Remember what Paula Simpson did before? She tried to be pragmatic and close smaller branch libraries that we couldn't afford... then a small minority group of ten or so college terrace residents cried to the city council. Paula's idea fell apart and after being so fed up with the crumbling infrastructure and the city council she left her position and retired.

I don't see why the city needs to have so many branches. College Terrace residents... wake up! Not all of us are within two-minutes walking distance to a library. The rest of Palo Alto should not have to bear with an outdated library system at the whim of some minorities.

*We miss you Paula!

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Posted by volunteer
a resident of Barron Park School
on Jun 17, 2007 at 3:27 pm

Ok... no air conditioning saves the earth... I'm all for that

Could the city at least fix the windows in the Mitchell Park branch???

Sheesh... seems like nothing gets done in this city. We've been filing work orders for the broken windows and the ones that need oiling every summer for several years now.

We're still waiting patiently...

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Posted by library observer
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jun 17, 2007 at 3:44 pm

Hey, burning up, it was just established above that Los Altos has a branch.
Why do you make things up? Are you really misinformed or do you do it on purpose?
Web Link
Have we talked to the county? What is the real story, I wish I knew.
As for missing Paula, there were many reasons for her loss of credibility, one was that while she said she would listen, she had her own agenda and she listened politely and ignored what she heard. She said things that proved untrue, in my own experience. She didn't maintain the branches, (like Mitchell Park's windows) so that the place would look decrepit. There are large sums now allocated to upgrade Mitchell and College Terrace and Main.
Sometimes I wonder if deferred maintenance is almost a city policy.
To the Mitchell Park volunteer: buy a can of WD40.

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