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Original post made by Herb Borock, Professorville, on Mar 16, 2014

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.

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Posted by Waste of Money and Time
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Instead of addressing parking, traffic, overdevelopment, and developer cronyism, the Council is wasting time arguing over new names for a library that's been around longer than most residents. There was no public outreach to discuss this and certainly no outcry for a new name.

How about naming it the "We Need a New Council Library"?

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Posted by Hayes Library, yes!
a resident of South of Midtown
on Mar 16, 2014 at 5:55 pm

The greed of those Mitchell Park library promoters is embarrassing. No matter how much they have, and how much they get, they still want more, MORE.

Shame on them. Their disastrous new building has turned so many people off to any new money raising by the city that no future bond is expected to pass, because of this debacle.
The reasons given for attacking the Main library's name are dishonest. There is no need to change it.
Maybe the librarians need more work so they wouldn't have to make up stuff? Umm, like restoring the evening hours that were reduced.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2014 at 6:07 pm

I didn't want the MP library to be anything than remodeled. I don't want to change the names of anything. Let's keep the charm we have before it gets destroyed.

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Posted by What about Gary?
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 16, 2014 at 6:15 pm

If it were my decision, I would name it the Gary Fazzino Library. There really should be a memorial to this guy.

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Posted by Hayes Library, yes!
a resident of South of Midtown
on Mar 17, 2014 at 10:43 pm

The mega Mitchell Park money was approved because they reassured us that Main would not be downgraded. I believed them. Silly me.
The namechangers now say that erasing the name "Main library" is not downgrading it.
ok I'm ready to buy a bridge, are they selling one?

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