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College Terrace Library closing for tree removal

Original post made on Aug 18, 2008

College Terrace Library will be closed Aug. 21 and 22 (Thursday and Friday) for the removal of a sick eucalyptus.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 15, 2008, 11:53 AM

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Posted by g
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 18, 2008 at 5:56 pm

the branch should close permanently

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 19, 2008 at 6:57 am

Yet another complaint from the malcontents of College Terrace. I agree with g "the branch should close permanently." Vote "NO" on Measure N.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 19, 2008 at 11:41 am


Like a majority of Palo Alto residents, I prefer the five branch system (based on surveys). Last I checked, the cost of running the two smallest branches was a very small part of the overall budget, less than 10% if I recall correctly. For me, the main purpose of a library is to loan books and make them as available as possible. The College Terrace branch is my favorite. It is easy to get to, cozy and easy to use. I went to the Mountain View library once and never again. Parking was annoying. It was large and impersonal. It took much longer to find books. Palo Alto makes it easy to search for books and easy to reserve the ones not immediately available.

I think access to computers in a library is overrated. I think they should only be available for students (of any age) to help with homework and research, and closely supervised. If you want to access porn sites, do it at home.

I will vote for the bonds to reconstruct the libraries, although personally I would have preferred a smaller, less costly plan. But if they had included closure of the two smallest branches in their master plan, I would have voted no in protest.

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Posted by No on the library bond
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 19, 2008 at 11:54 am

Marie--I am the opposite of you. I am against the branch system and think we need a single central branch. I like Mountain View's library--it has everything I need and should be used as an example for the kind of library PA should have.
I plan to vote no on the bond--for the reasons stated above and also to protest the backdoor funding of the College Terrace branch approved by our city council and finally when ethically challenged politician support something, I have a hard time voting in favor of it.

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Posted by joe
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 23, 2008 at 3:10 pm

There's no substitute for branch libraries. Those who want one humongous computerized thing have no idea what a library is about.

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Posted by Not Right
a resident of Meadow Park
on Aug 23, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Visit a lot of other fine central libraries, Joe, and you'll see how wrong you are. But don't worry - they'll build the new library at Mitchell Park and then close DT and CT at their leisure.

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Posted by Voter
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 23, 2008 at 10:12 pm

I think you are correct, Not-Right, and that's why I'm voting no on the bond.

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