Shaping the Future of the East Palo Alto Library

East Palo Altans of all ages are exploring ideas for their dream library at several community meetings. Over 50 participants came together on October 11th to imagine their perfect library, fully equipped with all the features that would describe their ideal space. Representatives from the architectural firm, Fog Studio, opens a new window, sparked people’s imagination with a visual presentation featuring several library design possibilities. Various themes emerged on how the library’s space could improve – from a crafting station, makerspace, imagination playground to a teen lounge, outdoor area, and community garden.

The East Palo Alto Library is for everyone in the community to explore and enjoy. San Mateo County Libraries and the City of East Palo Alto are asking residents to add their voice to the conversation and share their support for new and existing library ideas at the next community meeting on Wednesday, November 2 at 6pm in the East Palo Alto Library. This meeting will be hosted in both English and Spanish. Free childcare and a meal will be provided.

These conversations and the ideas local residents share are an integral part of the design process and will help San Mateo County Libraries and the City plan for future library spaces and services.

Written by Francisco Vargas, a San Mateo County Libraries Community Library Manager