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Community Input Sought for the Woodside Library Improvement Project


Conceptual designs of the new Woodside Library

Excitement builds as the San Mateo County Library (SMCL) again seeks community input for the Woodside Library Interior Renovation Project. Starting September 13, the Woodside community is invited to provide valuable feedback to improve the Woodside Library by contributing their thoughts and suggestions on this project through a Community Input Survey.


In the 40-year period since the Woodside Library building was constructed, a number of changes have taken place in the delivery of library service. San Mateo County Library has taken a system-wide approach to addressing these evolving needs and has worked to incorporate new strategies and approaches to improving library service. The Library's Service Model places an emphasis on the community's experience by creating intuitive spaces that meet the needs of a variety of age groups and preferences, and strives to present materials and services in ways that welcome participation.

Group 4 Architecture Research + Planning of South San Francisco were chosen earlier this year to lead the interior renovation of the Woodside Library. Key stakeholders from the Town, Library, Friends of the Library, and community are currently working with Group 4 to evaluate existing conditions, identify opportunities, and develop conceptual documents that identify design solutions. Recently, Group 4 held a second Stakeholder Design Workshop on September 9, to present the Conceptual Design Plan.


The Community is encouraged to review the conceptual plan and give their feedback using the Community Input Survey. The last day to submit feedback is Tuesday, September 21.

The Conceptual Design Plan will be presented to the Woodside Town Council on Tuesday, September 28, and to the SMCL Joint Powers Authority Governing Board for approval later this year.


Author Bio:

Alan Couch is the Branch Manager of Woodside and Portola Valley Libraries. Before moving to California in 2008, Alan, who is a native of the Gulf Coast, lived in Philadelphia, PA for several years where he was the Director of Chester Springs Library. His interests and meager talents run the gamut from racquetball, rugby, watching college football, to playing the drums, reading dry history books, and going to the cinema. In high school, he had the rare distinction of being the only member of both the football team and chess club.


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