To the editor:
Before you vote “yes” on the library proposal, please consider the following thoughts.
- Given the present financial insecurity in our country, is now the time to increase the financial burden on Lawrence residents?
Yes, the library does need remodeling, but considering a revised design following the architectural style of our present building would greatly reduce the expense, as well as be a structure that says “important public building” and fulfills the needs of new library technology. The present building has stood the test of time and still is contemporary and dignified in its appearance.
Design considerations, such as floor plans defining areas for new and future reader services, book shelving, computers and check-out centers would be included in the renovation and, by providing more efficiency, would be more cost-effective. Providing attractive spaces, tables and comfortable armchairs also plays an important part in the public’s perception of the library as a user-friendly and enjoyable place.
Serious consideration should also be given to building a branch library closer to the center of the present Lawrence population. This would give new life to users of the library, particularly children, young people and senior citizens, who would get easier access to its doors. Meeting rooms, etc., would be available for many extracurricular activities.
Basically, the final commitment for a library improvement plan, although needed, should include more input from the community, more research into cutting costs with a new architectural plan and a fresh insight into solving the parking problems.