Letters to the Editor

Lingering concern

March 25, 2011


To the editor:

I don’t think it’s too late for the people of Lawrence to change their minds about expanding the city’s public library. What we really need are two satellite libraries: one library around the area of 23rd and Iowa streets and another library west of Sixth and Wakarusa streets. The population in these areas is increasing and for sure helps the economy of the city of Lawrence.

Having the satellites in these areas will cause less congestion around the present library. There is really not much space for expansion of the library unless the expansion is built one or two levels about the present building.

The satellite library will be more convenient for the people living in those areas. They have closer access to the library, and students in nearby schools can use the library instead of coming downtown to get more books for references they need. Parking congestion will be eliminated. The children will have the same or better accommodations in the satellite libraries.

With the building of the satellite libraries, the city library will be very well as it is. If renovation is needed at the city library, that should be done too.


Benjamin Roberts 6 years, 12 months ago

Although I would agree that satellite libraries make more sense (http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/did_i_say_that/2010/oct/27/write-in-satellite-librar/); I don't believe we can afford to build them.

The library trustees requested and won a bond for $18 million to add a 20,000 square foot expansion to the current library. Two satellites would somehow cost more than twice that. So, please, quit while we are already behind and don't give them any more money spending ideas.

Ken Lassman 6 years, 12 months ago

Your link didn't work for me--you might want to check it.

grimpeur 6 years, 12 months ago

Could be built adjacent to FSHS. No additional parking need be constructed, since there are already 1200 spaces there.

The parking excess at our schools is ridiculous, but this would be a good way to restore balance.

GardenMomma 6 years, 12 months ago

Really? I haven't been to Freestate on a school day, but I have been down 19th by LHS and although it didn't seem quite as crowded parking-wise as it was when I attended, there were still cars parked on the side streets and the lot looked very full.

Or are you just thinking of after-school hours? In which case, I know the parking for the indoor pool (adjacent to Freestate) has lots of after-school activities and parking, while available, is not ridiculously plentiful.

mr_right_wing 6 years, 12 months ago

We could forget about the Lawrence Public Library altogether if the kind people of Topeka would just open a 'satellite library' right here in Lawrence!!

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