Imagine: A New Library for Atherton


IMAGINE: You're Invited to Help Plan the New Atherton Library

Attend One or Both Community Meetings

  • Saturday, June 25th from 10am to 2pm in the Carriage House at Holbrook-Palmer Park
  • Tuesday, June 28th from 7pm to 9pm in the Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park

You are invited to share your ideas and inspiration for the future and to participate in conversations with other community members.

Tremendous Moment for Atherton

You may have heard there are plans to build a new library to meet the needs of the community, both now and for generations to come. This will be the first civic building to be built in Atherton in almost 50 years!

What's Possible, and What's Right for the Community?

Technology, sustainable design, and the potential for outdoor spaces connected to the library will be part of the conversation. Participate in a positive discussion and share insights to create a strong library and community center for Atherton and the rest of the county.

Where Should It Go and What Should It Offer?

The purpose of the community workshop meetings is to discuss the location and programs for the new Atherton Library. We want to hear from the community as to whether the new library should be built on the existing site or in Holbrook-Palmer Park. The community will also weigh in on the types of programs and spaces for the new library.

What If . . .

  • If you can only drop by for a portion of one of the meetings, you are welcome and encouraged to do so. We will have people available to catch you up on the proceedings to help you make the most of your time.
  • If you'd like to bring your children? Please do so--children are welcome.
  • If you get hungry? Snacks and lunch will be served.
  • If you don't like listening to long speeches? These community meetings will be hands-on, interactive, and fun. You'll have the opportunity to sketch, take photos, assemble the building blocks of a new facility, and get to know others in your community.
  • If you don't know where Holbrook-Palmer Park is? Stop by the Atherton library and we'll give you directions!

Further Questions?

Please contact the library at 650.328.2422. Otherwise, we'll hope very much to see and hear from you at the meetings.

Author Bio:

Carine Risley is the manager of the Atherton and Brisbane Libraries and is looking forward to the community guiding the process to culminate in a successful library facility everyone can take pride in, ownership of, and love.


Imagine - New Library

Personally, I like the existing library and it does not strike me like it is running out of space or overrun with patrons.
I don't see the need for this in the middle of financial crisis as we have.
Libraries are being downsized or closed everywhere. Keep the money to pay existing costs. Even if the building is funded from another fund, I'm quite sure operating costs will go up (utilities, cleaning, landscaping, etc., etc.).
Quite frankly, Atherton may not have the population required to support a brand new larger library. Redwood City library is not far and books from San Mateo libraries can be transferred to the Atherton Library. That is a fine use of current resources. Atherton should not "imagine" delusions of grandeur and keep the current Library as a charming and small "gateway" into the San Mateo County system.

Thank you for listening.

Laurent Mayer
65 Wilburn Ave
Atherton, CA

Imagine--New Library

Dear Laurent— Thank you for your compliment about the existing Atherton Library. We are very proud of what we are able to do for the community.
I agree it is important to consider facts and trends of usage. A number of details about library usage and accomplishments can be seen by reviewing the San Mateo County Library Annual Reports. Additional information about the identified needs to consider for the new Atherton Library can be found on the Town of Atherton website, in the section Library Steering Committee.
Per Atherton Council Resolution 10-30 adopted in June 2010 , the Atherton Library Building Steering Committee (ALBSC) has been charged with overseeing the planning and design process for the new Atherton Library, in partnership with the Town of Atherton and the San Mateo County Library.
The ALBSC is currently working on a report incorporating information from the recent community meetings, professional analysis, and other information for draft release to the public in September 2011. A community meeting is scheduled for September 8th to further discuss matters relevant to selecting the site of the new Atherton library.
An update will be forthcoming on that meeting as details become available. I look forward to you staying engaged throughout the exciting process and don’t hesitate to contact us at the Atherton Library for more information.
Thank you for taking the time to share your perspective,
Carine Risley, Atherton Library Branch Manager

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