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Will you vote for the $18 million library expansion proposal?

Response Percent Votes
59% 1023
35% 604
I don’t know
5% 88
Total 1715


Lana Christie-Hayes 6 years ago

If they are going to spend so much $ for a "library addition" I think that $18 Million, which we know will end up being much more, should be used to build a small library on the south side of town! Lawrence has grown too much to only have one library.. no sense in making it BIGGER~ the library needs to better serve those in other areas of this ever-growing town.

Andrew Boyd 6 years ago

i would if it included either a satellite location or a all together new location that was away from the pool. i would also consider it if it dint include a parking lot expansion which every one knows is being done not for the library but for the pool

pace 6 years ago

I love a good library, if this community wants class, soccer fields, baseball, football fields and roundabouts don't improve the minds or the employment edge of our youth.

bigdave 6 years ago

Employment edge? What employment?!!

pace 6 years ago

My guess is you have no experience with using a library. As a child I poured through shelves like a buffet, looking at thoughts, history, geography, skills. At different times I got stuck in different genres, biographies, literature, how to, history. If you hire a reader you hire more than a warm body. I used it to help me find jobs and understand communities. Libraries are more than just books, they are guided maps of many crossroads of information and knowledge.
Accessing and retrieval are key skills. Using the library gave me an edge at some of the jobs where I competed with people who merely were educated, I believe the most important education is the where one has educated themselves. Good schools, good family, are great but libraries can help someone overcome deficiencies of schools and home. I think experience with a good library will even help those that google it all, they will ask the better question.

David Roberts 6 years ago

I agree with the picture you paint of the way the library should be used. I spent many hundreds of hours perusing the stacks of our local library, the world-class libraries at the University of Kansas, and--in my younger days--the Olathe Public Library, Johnson County Libraries, MNU library, and the JCCC library.

This proposal does nothing to support the uses you describe though. It builds a facade, a parking garage, and constructs an additional 20,000 square feet on some of the most expensive land in Lawrence, when people are tripping over themselves to highlight alternative locations all over town that could be leased for a song. Additionally, this proposal seeks to purchase 100 computers, which I am not convinced would be used like you suggest they would.

pace 6 years ago

i am sorry you don't have work and can't find work. I suggest you go to the library and use the resources to find what work is available and also to improve your skills. Even when I don't have a "regular" job I have always found work. If you aren't doing anything, get out there and volunteer, Maybe if you volunteered at the library you could change your life.

jafs 6 years ago

"I believe the most important education is the where one has educated themselves" is an odd sentence.

If employers aren't hiring, then all of the education in the world won't help - I think that was the point of the above comment.

pace 6 years ago

You are saying if employers aren't hiring then there isn't any work. That is an odd sentence, What is wrong with that sentence? Can't find a job is different than can't find work. I know several people when they couldn't find the right job turned their hand to work. You might of been raised so you believed other people were employers and you were to be given a job. Go to the library, I suggest reading biographies or self help books.. If you don't have work, and can't find work, get out of the house. Start at the library,. I know of some jobs for people with good language skills, If you really mean that right now employers aren't hiring in Lawrence and that education and skills won't help you because there are no jobs. Then you are delusional. I doubt if you are, you are just saying untrue things to make some point. Learning and community are worth investing in.

jafs 6 years ago

I'm not currently unemployed and looking for work.

However, many others are - the real unemployment percentage is probably around 20%. If employers continue laying people off, and not hiring new employees, people will not be able to find work, regardless of how well educated they may be.

"might have" is the correct usage, not "might of".

The obvious need right now is for jobs, not a library expansion.

pace 6 years ago

You got me on "might have", I got you on lack of substance and posturing, trying to portray yourself on the unemployment line. Nowhere in your argument do you suggest what incentives would help the unemployed. You just say vote no to a community resource. A resource which will help people looking for employment, develop skills and/or just educate themselves. A flag waving no in honor of those unemployed. Get off your rear, start a business, hire people. You might be able to get some ideas at the Library.
Are you saying money and rules should be changed to encourage small businesses? Are you saying the money should be spent to kick republicans butt? We don't know what you are saying, maybe you associate a better library as increasing unemployments? At least say what you think would help the unemployed. At the very least make a statement, say how money might be spent. It is a choice to improve the library or not. To suggest not improving the library would magically turn into funds or regulations that created jobs is thin. Unless you are a tea party person, then just yell "heck no" you will not be expected to make a reasoned argument. Many will just admire your grass roots enthusiasm. Of course that doesn't help working families bring home the bacon.

jafs 5 years, 12 months ago

Too late probably - I had forgotten about this thread, but...

You're the one arguing that we should vote for an $18 million expansion of the library because it will increase educational opportunities and help people find work.

I think you're mistaken.

And, I never tried to portray myself as unemployed.

The reasons given for the need for this expansion are to increase the number of computers, expand meeting space, and provide more parking.

None of those are good enough reasons to vote yes for this project right now.

This is not money we have already in the city coffers and can spend on one thing or another - it is money we don't have.

Are you starting a business and hiring people?

I'm not "anti-library" as some are - I am against this expansion at this time.

If you're sincerely interested in my ideas about how we should structure public policy, you can probably easily find them by searching these comments sections.

I'm in favor of legalizing all drugs and taxing them. I'm in favor of eliminating waste and fraud in government programs. I'm in favor of programs to help those who need help. I'm in favor of doing anything we can do persuade or require companies to stop outsourcing jobs and hire Americans. I'm in favor of more reasonable CEO/average salaries. I'm in favor of regulations to ensure that employees are treated well and compensated fairly. I'm in favor of changing the corporate culture so that CEO's are personally affected by their failures.

Just a few there for you.

50YearResident 6 years ago

Dollar keeps falling as investors await Fed action.

runescapeman 6 years ago

its a waste of money, in 10 to 15 years books will be history. the world is going to the ipad and the kindle. Spend the library money on putting more technology in the library.

Kansas_Girl 6 years ago

It think that this will be great for Downtown! And for our families!!

whats_going_on 6 years ago

YES! VOTE NO! This poll looks promising. I was SO afraid that this stupid idea would actually pass, but if this poll predicts the turnout, than we're all good.

alm77 6 years ago

As I recall, the poll didn't reflect the final vote on the T in 2008. There are usually disclaimers on these that say "this is not a scientific poll"...

BigPrune 6 years ago

This is Lawrence, Kansas the liberal bastion of the midwest.

I had a dream that everybody will vote no but miraculously the library will be passed by an overwhelmingly large margin.

My dream made me question if my vote really counted.

I had the same dream about the M-T Bus tax that got passed in reality by an overwhelmingly large margin. In reality it was 70% for and 30% against.

....but they were only dreams.

kernal 6 years ago

Okay, so we build a bigger and better library. What about the parking? During the swim season, there is no place to park for library patrons as most of the spots are taken by people using the pool. The Senior Center is also hurting for parking spaces during the summer and I imagine the Fire/Med folks in the adjacent building are tight for parking spaces as well. Then there are the folks wanting to eat at Local Burger, the employees who work on the East side of Vermont, Eldridge patrons and downtown shoppers.

Tell me what your plans are for parking and maybe, just maybe, I'll change my vote from No to Yes.

Keith 6 years ago

Did you miss the part of the plan that calls for a 2 story parking garage?

helloannie 6 years ago

Nope. It's a terrible plan and frustrating that the library board refuses to hear what the citizens want and just go along with their own plans.

GardenMomma 6 years ago

Isn't there a less expensive way to improve the library? I'd love to see some expansion, but not at $18 million!

booyalab 6 years ago

Everyone who balks at the idea gets to this step. At that point, you have to realize that it's not about the stated reasons. It's about big fat raises, benefits, and a more luxurious environment for the ones who work for the library.

Sue McDaniel 6 years ago

I wish times were better but in these economic times it has to be a NO vote. I just cannot justfify it right now. I only wish we had the cash back on roundabouts, sports related items, etc. that would have been better spent on a library during better days.

phoggyjay 6 years ago

Yeah... illiteracy for you and me!

LogicMan 6 years ago

Satellite (branch) libraries {not up for a vote}, yes. This luxurious monstrosity, no.

Kathleen Schweitzberger 6 years ago

Do you know what is involved in building a satellite or branch library? It is a new reference collection, a children's section, staff, computers, furniture, overhead, etc. It is not cheap. I also wonder if all the people who want the branch built live over in west Lawrence -- another way to avoid mingling with the commoners of Lawrence.

zaxback 6 years ago

I think the timing is a bit bad on this one...

George Lippencott 6 years ago

I will vote for the 14M for the library and hold my nose about the 4M for business interests

voigtlorenzo 6 years ago

If the county is SOOOOO short on funding then why would they even consider this....seriously!

sweatybutcher 6 years ago

Let's build America. Let's use local contractors. Get off your butt. Pony up!

Reuben Turner 6 years ago

not a bad idea; not the right time though!!

walkthehawk 5 years, 12 months ago

This is the first "no" post I've seen that has actually thought through some alternatives ("Build a satellite branch!," for the reasons Switzi mentions above, does not count as thinking it through). If this initiative doesn't pass, I hope the powers that be will consider something along the lines of these ideas . . .

Clevercowgirl 6 years ago

Too bad there are not required financial disclosures for the voters. It would be good to see the actual costs of what are voting for. Or what people are approving for us. I say More Transperancy! If there is this much question as to where technology will be in the next few years, let's wait it out and see.

Kent Shrack 6 years ago

Improvements for larger and more meeting rooms and for my computers for internet access? Are you at the library now reading this? I doubt it. I will vote NO. We are Taxed to Death. Stop already.

mr_right_wing 6 years ago

TURNIPS, Can't get blood from a...

grouth 6 years ago

mabe our city leaders that voted down the tax dollars from lowes should pay for the library.------not me!

booyalab 5 years, 12 months ago

I hope that all the people who voted "no" will actually get to the polls on Tuesday. We need the money dispersed throughout our economy, not concentrated in the pockets of a few civil servants.

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