On Monday, March 17, the City Council will again be considering whether to change the name of the Main Library.
I believe the Council is considering changing the name of the wrong library.
The construction at the Main Library consists of upgrades to the historic building's structural, electrical, and mechanical systems while preserving the integrity of architect Edwards Durrell Stone's iconic design. The renovation includes new additions to the existing building in order to accommodate a new program room for the library, group study rooms and new public restrooms.
Essentially, the Main Library is the same library after construction and doesn't need a new name.
On the other hand, the City Council determined that the best solution for the Mitchell Park Library is to replace that library and the Mitchell Park Community Center with a new joint Mitchell Park library and community center.
Therefore, the Mitchell Park Library no longer exists, while the new library being constructed in its place needs a name.
Redwood City resident and Palo Alto architect John Northway suggested renaming the Main Library, built in the twentieth century, for twentieth century architect Birge Clark who "set the standards for architectural design in the City ... [H]is buildings ... give our City a unique identity."
The new library that is being built to replace the Mitchell Park Library is a twenty-first century library that should be named for a twenty-first century architect who "set the standards for architectural design in the City ... [H]is buildings ... give our City a unique identity."
Instead of renaming the Main Library, I suggest the City Council name the library that will replace the Mitchell Park Library by naming it the Ken Hayes Library.