Community Feedback from June 23 Meeting

Community Feedback from June 23 Meeting

Following a presentation by the design team on June 23, 2015, residents provided feedback and ideas of what they would like to see in a new Cleveland Park Library.
 
-Quiet space in the library is important
 
-Some people prefer to use desktop computers, so be sure to provide both desktop and laptop computers
 
-Provide comfortable spaces for reading magazines, etc.
 
-Lighting – remember that some people prefer low levels of light while others need bright lighting, so provide a variety of lighting levels throughout the building
 
-Natural lighting can be problematic with computer screens – can cause a glare
 
-Library could request a variance for more height on the building if more space is needed
 
-Where does a library end and a community center begin? Does the difference matter or are we getting caught up on labels?
 
-Book collection needs to remain the focus of the library’s mission. Is has to remain the heart of the building
 
-We need to look forward and plan for the next 50 years. The modes for learning, discovery, exploration have changed over the past 30 years.
 
-Could the library provide statistics on how the library currently is used? Provide a breakdown on the collection: How many books do we have? Breakdown by user group. Our fear is that the collection will shrink in order to provide all these new features
 
-I like the idea of the library as a community gathering place
 
-There should be a balance between space for collection and other resources that are needed in community
 
-Provide bike racks out front
 
-Perhaps have a small café
 
-It is not a sustainable approach to tear down an existing building. If you want to be sustainable, you should re-use this building
 
-The design team refers to “civic scale.” Please define what this means
 
-Have you considered providing the presentation in advance of the next community meeting?
 
-Provide a paper agenda at the next meeting
 
-Think broadly about community partners as you plan for the interim – i.e., auditorium at the zoo.