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New Name for Main Library

Original post made by Resident, Palo Alto High School, on Sep 5, 2013

Mitchell Park is a larger library so we have to rename our former Main Library. I suggest Steve Jobs' name since he lived nearby.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 5, 2013 at 9:55 am

Although not sure Jobs would be happy with his name on the smaller library in town.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 5, 2013 at 10:05 am

Mitchell Park library is in Mitchell Park.
Downtown libriary is in downtown.


Why not call it where it is? Stop the confusion.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 5, 2013 at 10:06 am

Rinconada Library sounds fine, though I've always called it the Newell Branch. Main Library always meant downtown to me.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 5, 2013 at 10:32 am

I got sidetracked by Pat Burt's suggestion of naming it after a person. You are all absolutely correct. Newell or Rinconada makes more sense!


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Posted by No - not a match
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm

It is not a "match" to rename it the Steve Jobs Library. Jobs got rid of the Apple Library, a highly successful corporate library and information service (I saw it myself and understood its fine professional contributions to the company), upon his return to Apple.
I am for: Rinconada Library - makes sense.


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Posted by No Jobs
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 5, 2013 at 3:33 pm

As a neighbor and admirer of the late Steve Jobs, I have to say that he was a bit of a curmudgeon. On the last two Halloweens of his life, when the neighbor children were trick-or-treating, he stood on the sidewalk and warned them away from his house.

A year after his death, his widow decorated their house ( for the first time ever) extravagantly for Halloween and Christmas. She started remodeling a month after his death.

He was a great mind, but really not a very nice person. But, then, neither were Einstein
or Edison.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 5, 2013 at 4:03 pm

When a public amenity such as a library is named for its location, it makes it much easier for newcomers to find it.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm

@No Jobs: Yours are misimpressions. Because I heard he actually gave out treats himself, we went trick-or-treating at Jobs' house several times, the first being when he was very, very thin due to illness (2007). I could barely recognize him. We passed the gates into the courtyard and waited for the crowds to pass (there weren't lines back then) and he spoke with my 3-year old and joked around with him. He seemed to really enjoy children and was patient and a bit goofy. I even had the gall to ask for a photo of him with my son and he graciously declined. There were mummies on the ground and a smoking cauldron. The following years the lines began and I only saw his wife and children giving out candy, but the decorations were more complex, with a table of monsters, music, and other decorations including the mummies. So obviously you didn't get past the gates to see the decorations. I have heard about his "work" personality, and it sounds "not-so-nice", but it seems that on his personal time, he was a different person altogether.

As far as remodeling and decorations, not sure he cared about luxury. He lived in his Woodside house alone for two years with hardly any furniture. Some of these great minds don't care about material possessions because they are so focused on their work. Someone at the Honda dealer in town said he walked in with his son and asked for the cheapest car. Just because one has money, doesn't mean they need to spend it (wonder why there is so much in debt in America?).

It's rude and critical for you to comment on his personality during his last two years of life (have some sympathy, geez).

I graduated from Paly in '82 with Jim Harbaugh. It has been written in the media that he was not well-liked due to his competitiveness. Yes, he didn't mind provoking people. But look how successful he is now (we had no idea he would be so successful).

There are plenty of highly successful people who are not nice.


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Posted by Stevarino
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Seems wrong to name the library after Steve Jobs. he really did. Pt want to live in PA as long as he did. he wanted to be in Woodside, to tear down the Julia Morgan historic house on his property there, remember? Only the city of Woodside would not let him do it, and no one wanted to take the house for free and move it elsewhere.

He really wasn't very nice--for years he called his former girlfriend dirty names in public and claimed their child was not his--until court-ordered to take a DNA test. Remember the newspaper reports of how his eldest child was noticeable at his funeral by her absence? What kid does that?

Also, I had seen him rapped thru stop signs all over town in the late mornings and late afternoons!


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 6, 2013 at 3:46 am

Don't like the idea.
Don't really like Jobs from what I've heard of him.
It seems like the cheerleaders for capitalism are using
Jobs like the used Reagan making him into something
he was not.
I don't like things named after corporations, and most
of the businessmen of today do not deserve monuments
to their egos.
I can appreciate what Jobs did without wanting to see
his name all over the place, and just from what I have
seen I don't think he was a positive human being. I'm
sure he had his reasons for being what he was.
In my opinion we have to get away from the idea that
rich people own the world, maybe the do, but they
shouldn't, the world is for everyone.


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Posted by DONT rename it
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm

The discussion should be on WHETHER Main Library needs to be renamed. It does NOT. There is no valid reason to downgrade it.
For some reason the library administration wants to promote the big glass box and downgrade the elegant, normal-sized Main Library.
Maybe the town wants a childcare-library in south Palo Alto. Fine, let them have it. But stop destroying the history of the town.


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Posted by OPar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 9, 2013 at 9:36 am

I see no reason to name the library after Jobs. I don't recall his ever doing anything for the libraries in town. I think it should continue to be "Main" because that's what it's been named for decades. Any name change is needlessly confusing. Who cares if MP will eventually be bigger? Rinconada's okay, though not accurate. MP is actually on the same block as Mitchell Park. Main is not actually on Rinconada or adjacent to the park--it's across Newell. Children's is physically closer (slightly) to Rinconada. So Newell or Embarcadero would be better geographic renames.

What we really need are libraries that are actually finished and open.


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Posted by Paly Alum
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 9, 2013 at 9:48 am

People think of a Main Library as being the largest. It should be called Newell.

Back in the day, JLS Middle School was named Wilbur Jr. High. I think to rename it was insulting to Wilbur!

And Palo Verde merged with Ortega so in 1976 we voted on a new name to "help welcome the Ortega students". The name Sequoiah was chosen, but frankly, all us 6th graders didn't see the justification of renaming the school; it was the adults who wanted to rename it. Somewhere down the line, it fortunately was renamed back to Palo Verde.

Why they changed the name Green Gables to Duveneck is beyond me too. There are still folding chairs in the MP room which have the Green Gables name stamped stenciled on the back.


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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 9, 2013 at 11:26 am

Do a little research on the Duveneck family and you'll find your answer.


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