BOULDER, Colo. –

Members of Boulder’s Library Commission on Wednesday endorsed a plan calling for millions of dollars in improvements to the city’s library system, even as the city considers closing one of its branches to make ends meet.

Commissioners were pondering a “Facilities Sustainability Study Report,” which recommends spending $5.1 million to renovate the main branch of the library, and another $500,000 to pay for a new radio-frequency tag system for keeping track of books and other materials.

They also gave the library’s staff permission to find other ways of raising money — including soliciting money from private donors — to help pay for those improvements.

Those requests come as city leaders prepare to consider proposed budget cuts that include the possibility of closing the library’s Meadow branch in south Boulder, which would save about $300,000 annually.

Commissioners said they’re still hoping city officials won’t close Meadows — and commission Chairman Stephen Topping urged people who showed up at Wednesday’s meeting to contact their elected officials to ask them not to close the branch.

Commissioner Jim Zigarelli said he’s worried the public will get confused by the dueling budget requests.

“What’s the public relations plan for the people out there who are saying, ‘Now you’re talking about $5 million for a library, and you can’t give us $300,000?'” he said

Tony Tallent, the city’s library director, said the city needs to set priorities — even if they’re painful. And the main branch of the library badly needs to be updated, he said.

“This is a huge and extraordinary asset for the city,” Tallent said. “I think we’ve got to pay attention to it, and it comes first. It’s that simple. This is our flagship, and we have to pay close attention to it. It has to be the first thing on our list to take care of.”

Topping said appointed leaders have endorsed those priorities in the past, even though they abhor the thought of closing any libraries.

“The commission in particular decided that if we had to retreat, we retreated and preserved this core, this main library,” he said.

Board member Nadia Haddad said improving the main branch of the library, and keeping it vital, will require one-time capital expenditures. The possibility of closing a branch library, she said, has been raised because it would save hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.

“I see a difference between a capital expenditure and ongoing costs,” she said. “What we’re really struggling with right now is ongoing costs. We just don’t have the money coming in to do what we need to be going on a daily basis.”

Two dozen neighbors showed up at the meeting to make sure officials know they want that future to include the Meadows branch. Many of the people who showed up to speak were residents of the Frasier Meadows Retirement Community, which sits next door.

Frasier Meadows resident Joyce Davies said she was outraged that closing the Meadows branch has even been considered.

“I think it’s unconscionable that the Library Commission should even be looking at closing the library with the economy in the situation it’s in,” she said. “Public libraries are becoming more and more useful to people who need the resources. I would just urge you to go to City Council and say, ‘We cannot close it, we must have more money.'”

Contact Camera Staff Writer Ryan Morgan at 303-473-1333 or morganr@dailycamera.com.

Archived comments

How about a special “illegal immigrants” area which as an INS travel agent offering one-way tickets home? Better yet, how about a special “homeless” area with extra charcoal filtered ventilation and odor control systems?

snarlpup

4/1/2009 11:10:08 PM

Hoorah.

More money being spent on the homeless drunks and drug addicts that need a posh place to hang out during the day. Can’t believe they’re even contemplating this when everyone in the community commenting two days ago that what they’d like is just a quiet clean safe place to read books. A good security guard that enforced public intoxication, no sleeping in public rules would be fine enough. Some people at the library seriously need to loose their job. They are completely out of touch with reality.

laughinghard

4/1/2009 11:11:10 PM

The first two comments are likely the first of many in that vein, but they get at something serious:Unless or until the main library can deal effectively with the bum problem, and thus make the library accessible to tax-paying citizens, then they shouldn’t even think of using more of our money to buy laser tags or whatever.That would just be adding insult to injury.

ThatCertainWoman

4/1/2009 11:18:28 PM

Isn’t Tony Tallent a newcomer to Boulder?It sounds like he doesn’t have a clue about what an asset Meadows is to Southeast Boulder.

I support Meadows and I’m really, really, really disappointed in what Tallent has to say about it.I hope he quits or gets canned before he wrecks the place.

eadavis79@yahoo.com

4/1/2009 11:36:05 PM

really.In memory of Marcilee !

(unbelievable, Boulder … unbe lievable.)

lafayetteeast

4/2/2009 12:31:16 AM

Does anyone have a link to the “Facilities Sustainability Study Report” listing the $5 million of improvements?

“Sustainability” has become a buzzword which gets bureaucrats swooning and contractors drooling.

How much did the report cost to prepare?

Is there enough cash to pay for the improvements, or will the city need to issue bonds?If bonds or CP’s are issued, what is the annual interest cost?

Real_tor

4/2/2009 3:06:26 AM

Until my young children feel safe spending a Saturday afternoon reading and looking at books, I do NOT support spending one more dollar for the library.

Recently my son went to the bathroom and there were two homeless bums taking a bath in the sinks.He did not feel safe.

John_Galt

4/2/2009 5:06:54 AM

The Meadows Branch is a great library that’s popular with the Frasier Meadows neighborhood. Wouldn’t it make sense to use some of the “carbon-reduction” tax to keep it open? People in the east part of Boulder will have to drive or drive farther to get to another library if Meadows closes.

claritygraphics

4/2/2009 7:21:43 AM

“This is our flagship,…….”

I agree that the library department may feel good about a flagship, but they are supposing to be providing library services, not building flagships.

Its time people demanded the services they pay for instead of throwing money at monuments.

trappist99@yahoo.com

4/2/2009 7:42:37 AM

I think there’s a lot of misunderstanding here, the improvements to the main library are much needed for safety reasons (the building is aging quickly)– and most of them center around moving the children’s area and creating a newer, bigger, and safer space for them.

mati

4/2/2009 8:00:58 AM

It would have been a lot more helpful if the reporter had detailed what improvements the library would like to make, and the reasons driving the different improvements.I’d feel a lot differently about adding solar than I would about moving the children’s library to an area less impacted by the vagrants.

boco

4/2/2009 8:11:29 AM

When money gets tight, government resorts to the “Washington Monument Strategy”. Threaten to shut down something that’s very public and visible. So, they threaten to close the Meadows branch, to attempt to extort more tax dollars.

What they don’t say is that they wasted a lot of money buying Prius cars. They also don’t mention the fact that the new land use regs have effectively stopped construction in the county, killing that revenue stream. Last year Land Use had over 180 site plan reviews. This year there has been one!

chartguy

4/2/2009 8:15:03 AM

“about moving the children’s library to an area less impacted by the vagrants.”

wouldn’t it be less expensive to get rid of the vagrants?

lafayetteeast

4/2/2009 8:44:03 AM

mati – “most of them center around moving the children’s area and creating a newer, bigger, and safer space for them.”

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How do you know this?If it’s true, then that’s probably the only thing I would support at the library at this point.The children’s area is terrible: sparse, dirty pillows/toys; almost no seating for kids at their own height; bookshelves reaching almost to the ceiling, with books crammed so tightly there is no way children can easily browse the selections; no puzzles or anything colorful; a dark, slightly scary painting dominating one wall; general overall dinginess exacerbated by dim lighting; noisy beeping computer games (do they not have headphones there?); almost non-existent selection of board books, and those that are offered are stacked in such a way that infants can’t browse them.That’s just off the top of my head.If I went back and actually took stock, I’m sure I could come up with a much longer list.

If they are planning to do something about the children’s area, I sincerely hope they send envoys to the Lafayette, Broomfield, Denver and Steamboat Springs children’s libraries.All are models of spaces built for children, as opposed to socialist-leaning adults.:-)

ThatCertainWoman

4/2/2009 8:46:37 AM

The children’s area at Meadows is clean, sunny, well-stocked with books and vagrant free.

eadavis79@yahoo.com

4/2/2009 8:59:10 AM

I have taken my kids to the main library a lot they have done the summer reading program and spent time in the kids section.

I is a nice clean place IMO and they keep the bums out of it. It has nice clean fish tanks, spacious, ect it is a well-maintained public place.

I don’t know where you guys are getting this filthy area stuff from..

As for the rest of the library yes filthy area would be a fitting description.

I don’t watch T.V. I read books, I go to the library once or twice a week. The library has had a homeless problem for years, but I have noticed it get a lot worse in the past couple of years.

I agree with some of the above posters about support for more spending on the kids section but as for the rest of the place..

Why spend money on vagrants who have no respect for community or other people?

sidd

4/2/2009 9:05:56 AM

Sounds like closing the Meadows branch is a foregone conclusion.Unless community members rally round and make their voices heard, it will be closed.What a shame.

Most who visit Meadows branch realize that it is a treasure with an ugly strip mall face.Closing Meadows is an ironic decision considering that the city states it wants to be known as a green city, yet it closes the least costly library that effectively serves the community of south east Boulder…easily accessible and used by many in the community who walk there.Now everyone can get in their car and compete for parking at the main library.Money saved can now be spent on gas and parking.

Yet there is also an act of politics…the library commission can transfer the money for their own projects.No one on the committee lives in SE Boulder, and the article fails to mention that the library commission is also recommending opening a branch in north Boulder.Not a surprise given that’s where some committee members live.In the game of politics those without power lose.

fisher

4/2/2009 9:26:47 AM

Maybe we can sell the Meadows branch to Louisville?

hmmm..Probably not they only buy McMansions and commercial properties.

sidd

4/2/2009 9:43:49 AM

Much of the improvements, besides basic maintenance that is direly needed on a high-use building that is now, even in its newest section 17 years old, revolve around moving the children’s area to a safer, more enclosed space and updating the area to provide lower shelving and more kid and family accessible, interactive and friendly space.

The RFID system is a materials return and security system. The current one needs to be replaced ASAP (17 years is a long time for such a machine and its on its last legs), and by replacing it, the library will be able to relocate a fair number of staff who currently spend an inordinate amount of time in the basement away from patrons coaxing the current machine into continuing to operate – not incidentally likely saving annual operating costs that could be put towards keeping Meadows open – at the very least getting more staff on the floor of the library aiding the patron experience and improving safety.

Although I understand the frustration people feel when encountering “bums” in the library, there are bigger problems at issue here – no day shelter in Boulder on frigid days, and in the past there hadn’t been enough money in the operating budget to support a security guard (that has since been mended) – the library has been focusing on enforcing rules like “no sleeping” and “no washing in the bathroom” but this is a public institution offering free access to information and it is not ethical to turn people in more unfortunate circumstances than ourselves away if they are minding their own business and not breaking any library rule. Better enforcement of rules, I’m all for (increased security) – and please never hesitate to tell a librarian if you encounter an unsafe or unpleasant situation there.

eastdakota

4/2/2009 10:04:00 AM

The bottom line is that the main library is gradually being taken over by hostile vagrants and loud disrespectful bums. People who actually want to use the library for “learning” and “information” are becoming the minority. Just try to use a computer there or find a seat at the entrance.

Daily bums abuse access to the “free”computers with video games and loiter in the atrium/entrance.

Unfortunately the main library is now tagged the downtown homeless shelter. Is any part of the $5.1 million going to address this issue?

autofree@hotmail.com

4/2/2009 10:24:51 AM

Books, Bunks, and Bathrooms for Bums — there’s a lovely title for a $5M spending project, donchathink?

SonOfTheGriz

4/2/2009 10:50:36 AM

Thanks for your insights, Fisher.I’m hoping it’s not a foregone conclusion…

Unfortunately, some who use the library in that neighborhood are older people who don’t drive cars, so losing the branch means losing access altogether.

eadavis79@yahoo.com

4/2/2009 10:56:54 AM

A well designed municipal building should last a lot more than 17 years before requiring major renovations, and none of the improvements listed in the above comments should come close to costing $5.1 million.

Real_tor

4/2/2009 10:59:30 AM

5 million sure seems like a lot of money.What kind of safety issues have happened recently that show that massive improvements are needed?For under 10K I’m sure you can get a basic interior wall built if you want to control entry/exit to that area.

As for a new checkout system,if the current one is REALLY dying, then fine replace it.If on the other hand you just like the new RFID technology and think it is so cool and will make the flowers smell sweeter and the sun shine brighter, PLEASE skip it.If you do replace the system, that is 500K, NOT 5 million.

The rest of the building – I haven’t seen any shelves rust and crumple under the weight of the books, so I don’t think it needs a whole lot of work.

Please be fiscally responsible, that’s my money you have.

btm1001@yahoo.com

4/2/2009 11:14:01 AM

Wouldn’t you think a town full of Buddhists would be sick of all the ego posturing of “flagships” trumping services and Chris King’s tacky “cantina” redecoration trumping teachers. Meadows is an irreplaceable resource for taxpayers; bums are a removable liability. Oh … and, DC, how about some detail on a multi-million$ renovation?

DeepThroat

4/2/2009 11:16:23 AM

According to the “Facilities Study”the changes to the children’s library will include moving the current location of the children’sarea to another SMALLER area plus the loss of thousands of books cut by allowing only half of the shelving that’s available now.

If the children’s area is moved, which bathrooms will they use?Bathrooms and homeless individuals and familieswho use them to bathe in, is one of my safety pet peeves.I am not against the homeless or mentally ill homeless people and the library is a warm place to go but the childrens area as it is now has some control over who uses the bathroom, but if it moves further in that will no longer be the case.

The “Facilities Sustainability Study”final report is on the Boulder Public Library’s website (www.boulder.lib.co.us) .I found the report by clicking on the “About the Library” link, then clicked on “Library Master Plan” (found under administration banner).It’s a large file (approx. 11M)so while it loadedI looked around the master plan area which is interesting in itself.

All in all I say leave thechildrens library where it is and hire more security guardsfor the safety of all.

lukenquarterhorses2005@msn.com

4/2/2009 11:28:59 AM

Politics triumph when people don’t stand up for themselves.

From a politically perspective closing Meadows makes a lot of sense because those resources can be allocated to contractors and architects who will openly support major renovations at the Main library at the expense of the Meadows branch.And library commission members living in north Boulder can then make resources available for a new North Branch library.

Sorry folks, it doesn’t matter that Meadows branch probably provides the highest benefit for resources expended in the entire Boulder library system.Capital costs for library owned and operated by the city will always take precedence.Capital expenditures for Meadows branch are always going to be minimal (or nonexistent) because it is located in a strip mall dedicated to providing the most value with minimal cost.So when it comes to allocating resources it will always come up short and will be the first to be considered expendable.

In the meantime, Meadows patrons should be prepared to “take the bullet” for short-sighted politicalagendas and accounting gimmickry.

fisher

4/2/2009 11:42:00 AM

Fisher,

25 people showed up at last night’s Library Commission meeting.That’s over two dozenpeople.At a frikkin’ Library Commission meeting.On a snowy night!People ARE standing up for themselves.

What makes you think closing Meadows is a done deal?Do you have insider information?Or just enjoying playing cynic today?

Please, do tell.

eadavis79@yahoo.com

4/2/2009 11:59:49 AM

Closing one library to save money and then spending money to preserve another does not inspire confidence that the City Counsel is telling the truth or knows what it is doing.

bobcat77

4/2/2009 12:15:38 PM

More tax $ for urine drinking bums. You guys are crazy. On top of that one of these vermin killed Jon Benet.

thinice

4/2/2009 12:22:44 PM

No inside information.I fear for the worst because there is a long history of announcing the closure of the Meadows branch and to my mind the stars are aligned against it.

Meadows will be cut because capital investments made on the facility have been minimal and the political landscape looks bleak.In the business world if you have invested a lot of money into an idea, everything possible will be done to make that idea successful.If little is invested it is easy to walk away regardless if benefits are likely. Little is invested in the Meadows branch library so it is “easy to walk” away.That is the history of the Meadows branch.

First to be cut and last to be funded.

If the larger community doesn’t stand up and assert itself, I fear the library commission will likely throw a few pieces of meat to Frasier Meadows retirement facility who in a competitive landscape would welcome a grant to build a small library dedicated to seniors.That will become a selling point for future Frasier Meadows residents, a competitive advantage if you will. Yet the larger community will be adversely effected.Especially the large number of families with children that use the Meadows branch.

So I don’t think I am being a cynic. Rather it is an attempt to provide an explanation for how bad decisions are often made in a political environmentPeople must realize the such decisions are not based upon benefit provided versus resources expended. And, in this case you cannot expect rationality to prevail if citizens don’t stand up and speak to the benefits offered.

fisher

4/2/2009 12:38:02 PM

Fisher –

We appear to share some opinions though your pessimism drives me nuts.

Throw me a bone…What does “the larger community standing up & asserting itself” look like to you?

eadavis79@yahoo.com

4/2/2009 1:07:30 PM

It wasn’t in the last 5 years, but it was within the last 15 that the main library had a major renovation done.Seems like that renovation should have lasted longer.Buildings on campus don’t need to be re-done every 12 years.

glen@schuetze-gordon.com

4/2/2009 1:11:35 PM

Posted by mati on April 2, 2009 at 8 a.m. (Suggest removal)

” and most of them center around moving the children’s area and creating a newer, bigger, and safer space for them.”

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So now we’ve got to corner the children off to keep them safe? Someone at the library finally admitting it isn’t a safe place to be?

Here’s a clue. All of us would like to feel safe. The issue of safety isn’t just a child related issue. And why should we have to corner kids off? You should be patrolling the library and removing disruptive drunks who aren’t using the library for it’s intended purpose.

People are being stabbed at other libraries around the country because of the growing homeless problem. Are you going to wait until something like that happens before you take the issue of the safety of your patrons seriously? And by patrons, I mean people that have a library card, pay taxes and live in the area.

laughinghard

4/2/2009 1:29:07 PM

At this moment someone is passed out on a bench on the Arapahoe side of the library.

elliott

4/2/2009 1:34:48 PM

**Although I understand the frustration people feel when encountering “bums” in the library, there are bigger problems at issue here – no day shelter in Boulder on frigid days, and in the past there hadn’t been enough money in the operating budget to support a security guard (that has since been mended) -***

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I’m actually really tired of reading comments like this because they are centered on making us feel like the lack of facilities in the area are the problem. So I’ll just state this again because a ton of people seem to not read the comments.

THE PEOPLE HANGING OUT IN THE LIBRARY ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE SHELTER BECAUSE OF THEIR DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROBLEMS.Therefore building a day shelter or expanding capacity would not help them. You are not allowed in a shelter if you are going to engage in the sort of behavior that the “bums” do at the library. You are kicked out.

THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE SHELTER BECAUSE THEY ARE A THREAT TO OTHERS. So it makes no sense to allow them to hang out at the library all day and threaten the community.

As Doc Brinkley wrote, and I can also attest to, the people in the picture-“Johnny and Tito”, are drunks that have been hanging around boulder for years. They drink themselves into a stupor until they get picked up and put into detox, go back on the street, and repeat the whole again. They are not looking for jobs and they are not using the library to build resumes. We have cleaned these two up many many times over the years. Boulder has provided them with medical services, shelter opportunities, etc. They have been given adequate support. They just prefer to drink and hang out at the creek at night and then sleep in the library by day. Since the Boulder homeless shelter can not have people like this living with them, they live on the street and disrupt the library. Eventually they will get picked up by the cops and repeat the process until they are finally deported or die from acute alcohol poisoning. End of story.

laughinghard

4/2/2009 1:38:35 PM

The Library is a *PUBLIC* place..

That means people of all walks of life go their, in a town of 100,000 people you will get homeless people, noisy kids, people with different skin color,ect

Some of you guys should get together and make a country club library and only people to your standards can get in.

And what is so traumatic about a person washing their armpits in a bathroom sink?

Bathrooms a built for people to defecate in them.. But it is so horrible when someone washes his or her armpits in the sink?

But anyway welcome to a public bathroom in a town of 100,000. Usually normal people only use them in an emergency.

I don’t like smelly disruptive people. But we are talking about a public place not a country club.

And it is only going to get worse as the unemployment levels keep rising.

A little know Boulder fact in the 1920s and 1930s the creek area by the library was a homeless tent city.

sidd

4/2/2009 1:47:00 PM

The Boulder Public Library administration loves to spend money.The aforementioned facilities study cost $100,000, conducted by

Humphries Poli Architects, P.C.

2100 Downing Street

Denver, Colorado 80205

and administered by James Marshall of the Library Administration (formerly of CU)

Tony Talent also likes to spend Library money on other fun things like several Nintendo Wii game systems and things like a iPod, flip video camera, laptop computer for him and the staff to enjoy.

The current check out computers installed at the main library are barely 2 years old, and are very adequate.A new RFID system would be an upgrade, but are hardly something that would be of any urgency, given the current budget situation.Freeing staff up to help patrons would be a great benefit of this system, but given the fact that the Library Administration plans to replace all of the current Circulation and shelving staff with unpaid volunteers, the benefit would be completely lost.In the end many of the so called upgrades are a way of automating the library, so that no paid staff are necessary, with the exception of the Library administration.

mr_rogers

4/2/2009 2:08:08 PM

So,

What’t the big deal?Allot some money for some showers,maybe a cot or two and a well staffed kitchen, and wallah!You have a mixed-use property!

Libray/Homeless shelter!Get it done, and that will add to the expression:”Only in Boulder!”

LOL!!!!

Viper1963

4/2/2009 2:18:09 PM

“In the end many of the so called upgrades are a way of automating the library, so that no paid staff are necessary, with the exception of the Library administration.”

Bureaucracy is a cancer.

orbison

4/2/2009 2:22:46 PM

“Commissioners were pondering a “Facilities Sustainability Study Report,” which recommends spending $5.1 million to renovate the main branch of the library, and another $500,000 to pay for a new radio-frequency tag system for keeping track of books and other materials.”

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It seems like all one has to do in this town to sell snake oil of any type is to add a form of “sustainable” to the title or add it to the description.

Please, give it a rest. It’s bad enough it’s in the sub-head of the new Camera section that replaced “Fat”…uh…I mean “Fit.”

“Sustainable” is fast becoming the most overused word of the new century, and is approaching meaninglessness.

donwrege

4/2/2009 2:36:14 PM

I don’t want people — any people — washing their armpits in the library bathrooms. I don’t want junkies shooting up in there, either. If they need a place to sleep off the booze, that shouldn’t be the library. I’m not sure why the city thinks it is okay to operate the main “flagship” library as a defacto homeless day shelter when it is apparently not okay for “real” homeless day shelters to accept these same folks because of their alcohol and drug issues.

Santa Monica had an enormous vagrancy problem with all of the associated other criminal behaviors.Boulder is quickly gaining on them. If the city needs to have a warm, clean drunk and drug use center with computers, bathrooms and showers for these bums to use, fine — but it shouldn’t be our library.

Not all (or even most) homeless people are bums.But since the bums apparently have the right to drink or drug themselves silly, and the mentally ill have the right to choose not to take the meds that make them functional, let’s let them exercise these rights in a safe place where they don’t adversely impact everyone else’s library usage. The City Council chambers seem quite appropriate — warm, nearby bathrooms, and a whole group of council members who seem to think that this situation with the library is perfectly okay.

ziggle

4/2/2009 2:53:31 PM

My small children and I bike together to the Meadows library several times a week. Meadows is open, clean, and friendly. It gives my kids and many others a sense of belonging and community that would not exist if we had to drive down town.

The loss of Meadows would be devastating to our community. Boulder needs community building, not suburbification. Meadows is a heavily used branch, and it’s presence greatly enhances the quality of life and quality of education in our neighborhood.

The City Council meeting at which this issue will be discussed is at 6 pm on April 7, at 1777 Broadway in Council Chambers.

Everyone, please come and speak! Before then, email city council members. We can change the course of this madness if we make our voices heard.

watkinsjenna@hotmail.com

4/2/2009 3:12:02 PM

ziggle – “The City Council chambers seem quite appropriate — warm, nearby bathrooms, and a whole group of council members who seem to think that this situation with the library is perfectly okay.”

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You know, that’s actually a really good idea.Not necessarily the chambers themselves, but what about the Justice Center?Or the courthouse on the Pearl Street mall?Those are also free and open to the public, are they not?They also have benches located throughout.Why don’t the citizens start a campaign encouraging the drunken bums to spread the joy to all public buildings in Boulder?

I propose we stand in front of the library and offer $1 to each bum who willingly drags his bags up the street to the courthouse.

ThatCertainWoman

4/2/2009 3:32:35 PM

Thankyou, waskinsjenna!I wouldn’t have known this if not for you.

eadavis79@yahoo.com

4/2/2009 3:53:22 PM

Viper1963 — please don’t give City Council any ideas — use the term mixed use and they all start to drool.Add the terms green, sustainable, and LEEDs certification and City Council becomes downright giddy.

moonlight

4/2/2009 4:03:39 PM

A few points about the Meadows Branch:

1 – It’s the ONLY library location east of Broadway.

2 – It’s location is nearest to the population center of Boulder.

3 – The bums haven’t found it yet … and

4 – Maybe we should be considering a different branch to close.

rpswartley@comcast.net

4/2/2009 4:24:45 PM

Obviously, high dollar improvements are required if the library is going to fulfill its’ stated mission of welcoming and serving the needs of its’ out-of-control bum and vagrant clientele.

A shower and disinfecting facility, soup and coffee preparation area, Lazy-Boy recliner chairs, etc., etc. do not come cheap.

This new area of the library will be named the Lynn “I’m Thrilled They’re Here” Reed Room.

strike3

4/2/2009 4:26:45 PM

I don’t even know where to begin.I feel sick about the fact that shutting the Meadows Branch Library seems to be a foregone conclusion.Yes, that branch serves tons of children and is a wonderful place.It also serves tons of older people who may not have the mobility to get the Main Library as frequently as they can get to the Meadows (this branch library is very close to some large nursing homes, sr. apts., etc.).As others point out, it’s in a good location and serves a lot of people.

I have long thought that the Main Library was a boondoggle and a waste of money and that library priorities in this community are screwed up.Yes, the library should be better funded, but not to have a “flagship” *building*–there should be a high priority on BRANCHES and COLLECTION.Why is there not a branch library in N. Boulder?Why is there not a branch library in Gunbarrel?It’s really shameful.

*YES*, something should be done about the problem of vagrants in the Main Library.If these folks are “not safe” to be at a day shelter, they are “not safe” to be at the library.Do the various divisions/services of the city and county ever communicate with each other???I have been at the library doing what a person is intended to do at the library–looking up books, working in a carrel, etc–and I’ve had to leave because the STENCH of the person next to me was so strong.

boulder_mama

4/2/2009 4:41:57 PM

We should move the homeless to the men’s locker room at Flatiron Athletic Club.They can hang out with all the middle aged, pony-tailed, naked dudes who seem to loiter around the locker room for hours.Both groups are wholly unproductive and disturbing to the rest of us.

JayCutler

4/2/2009 5:25:15 PM

Jay can you take the bums to Chicago with you?

This bum thing is getting out of hand and following the all too familiar “prairie dog path.”

I would recommend that the bikeys donate all “used kits” (is that right ixl?) to the bum shelter.The rule should be if you want to be a bum in Boulder and use the bum shelter you need to wear a “kit.” And to cruz boulder, especially the Library, you must be kit festooned.This will identify all local bums that have “Boulderite rights”which includes using the Library as well as keep “out-of-republic bums” away from the very valuable “Boulder Bum Resources.”

And the city, in its wisdom could also count the “beautified bikey bums” as additional bikey usersto furhter upgrade our status.

There is a bunch of win-wins here but closing the branch and upgrading the main are not among them.

Truely when you hear these “professional administrators” babble you just want to puke.

Fire em all.

thesurfriders

4/2/2009 6:32:45 PM

Fight hard for your Meadow branch library! What are Boulder City officials thinking? Is the main branch

that they’re planning to spend 5.1 million dollars, plus $500,000 more where they displayed the penis art?

enami

4/2/2009 7:22:39 PM

Closing Meadows is not a forgone conclusion. Go to the city council meeting and speak your mind. The budget for it has not been cut yet, but that is not in the library commission’s hands, it’s in the city manager and city council’s hands.

If you’re concerned, I urge you to read the report on the library’s website and share your concerns. *None* of this is a forgone conclusion. I also encourage you to read the library’s line-item budget if you think the library has been irresponsible with its money. It is all public record.

For any of you getting your information solely from the Daily Camera, I suggest you think twice and delve a little deeper. As beloved as the DC may be to this town, it’s not known for the most impartial or in-depth reporting. If you want facts, they are available to you, and in fact I’m sure you could find officials willing to explain their reasoning in something other than a 2 second sound/text bite. They are the ones who have spent hours, weeks, months and years understanding the issues, the system, the city’s budget system –

I can never understand why people want so much to demonize someone. These are tough economic times and your peers – the staff at the library, the library commission – are doing their best to make incredibly difficult decisions and trade-offs. If you don’t like them, please by all means share, but don’t think for one second that anyone involved here doesn’t have the best interests of Boulder at heart.

eastdakota

4/2/2009 7:52:45 PM

It’s Newspeak folks, get used to it.

Healthy Forest Initiative = burn/cut them down

Patriot Act = accuse any Bill of Rights supporter of being a terrorist

Library Improvement and Sustainability = close a popular remote branch and shrink the children’s section ,while turning it into a homeless day shelter

boardman@aigllc.com

4/2/2009 8:04:19 PM