Library Expansion Thoughts

As I remarked in January before this Board, I was a committed supporter of the library expansion. I spoke before the County Commissioners as an advocate in 2016 as well as promoted support for it among anyone who would listen. The last 5 years have been a nightmare for me as a person with disabilities … Continue reading Library Expansion Thoughts


Branch Libraries – Pros and Cons

Pros Neighborliness Short drives from SOME people's homes Free parking Drive through pick up and drop off possible The pros are pretty self explanatory. I will develop more later if I get a chance. However, I think the CONS so dramatically outweigh the branches that a branch library should not be considered at all. Please … Continue reading Branch Libraries – Pros and Cons

Bookmobile – Rochester Public Library (Current)

Rochester Public Library has one bookmobile. As a librarian noted in a public meeting about the library's future, "BOOKMOBILES ARE BRANCH LIBRARIES." Here is a quote featuring Rochester Public Library's Kim Edson in a 2010 article on bookmobiles:   The 2012 bookmobile, as noted on the RPL web site, is also GREEN: About the Bookmobile … Continue reading Bookmobile – Rochester Public Library (Current)

Seattle Central Library by Rem Koolhaas

Seattle Central Library opened in 2004 to great acclaim. Rem Koolhaas, the architect is world renowned. I spoke to a reference librarian there today (6-19-2017) and she told me that the library, for all it's odd shape, actually works pretty well as a library. She said the ESCALATORS WORKED GREAT (see below). The library has … Continue reading Seattle Central Library by Rem Koolhaas

Branch Idea – Build with Accessible Housing

Here is a concept worth considering: conjoin a new library building or branch libraries with housing. I get first dibs on a penthouse condo (fully accessible of course, including the bathroom shower) on the top of the library building! Of course, Chicago is massively larger than Rochester, so branches in big cities make sense. But … Continue reading Branch Idea – Build with Accessible Housing