Last month, the City of Palo Alto hosted a guided tour of its newly rebuilt Mitchell Library. Residents had the opportunity to check out the new facilities and amenities. As part of the tour, the City created a Come Together Video, showing off the new facilities.
This is interesting to Sunnyvale because the video show off the best aspects of the new Mitchell Library. And in doing so, it clearly outlines the serious flaws that our own Sunnyvale Public Library has to deal with. The Mitchell Library features community rooms and large quantities of open space. There are physically separated areas for teens and pre-teens, which is important so that “kids can be kids” while studying. And the teen rooms have additional amenities to attract and retain kids, and to cater to kid-oriented events and programs. Sunnyvale’s library lacks all of these.
Congrats to Palo Alto for showing us what’s possible, and what we should be aiming for.