Letter to the Editor: Downtown library would be bold move

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Some residents are advocating to move the Los Altos Library to the downtown triangle.

For several years, I was on the Los Altos Library Commission. I will never forget the sad day the commissioners were told that our library shelves were filled to capacity. We were out of space! Books had to be discarded to make room for new purchases.

This has been going on for several years. It’s time to get a library to fit our needs.

The library has become “The Family Room of the Community.” More than 1,200 people enter the library daily. Yes, they are there for books, but also for activities such as homework, story hour and lectures.

But it’s getting crowded. The children’s area is too small, the lecture room is too small and you already read the sad tale of the lack of book space.

So I was pleased to read David Smith’s idea of building a new main library in the downtown area (“Supporters push for funding downtown library,” April 26). As our library is now in the city hall complex, the city would do well to consider using the excellent library building for civic center needs.

Placing the library downtown would be a bold move. It should be built next to a large underground and aboveground parking structure. And the library should have a theater. Imagine parking once, stopping in at the library, going to dinner and then attending the Los Altos theater – all downtown.

The May 24 Town Crier notes that those participating in the Downtown Vision process desire more evening activities in town (“Residents want later hours for downtown shops”). The library is open until 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and until 7 p.m. on weekends. Locating the library downtown would contribute significantly to evening ambience.

Congratulations to those with imagination who envision the kind of positive impact a downtown library would have on the spirit and vitality of our community.

Cathie Perga

Los Altos Hills

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