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Name not available January 2, 2020, 7:36 PM

Elementary Learning Space: What are your thoughts on this space? My biggest concern overall is that the library remain comfortable and not sterile and institutionalized. Arlington Heights did that and it changed the whole feeling of the library. Keep comfortable normal seating and stay away from modular uncomfortable seating.
North Entrance: Do you think we should add a second entrance? No I don't. There are enough entrances. Parking indoors is a great option.

Teen Space: What are you thoughts on this space? This is an awesome idea.
Marketplace: What collections do you want to be easily accessible? I think what we currently have is sufficient
Café: What amenities would you like in a vending café?
Some better options. The vending company never changes it up and it is always the same things. Adding some healthier options would be nice as well but keep what we have as well.
Creator Zone: How do you see yourself utilizing this space, or what tools would you like to see included? This is an exciting idea.
Study Rooms: How many people should the new rooms seat? What should we add to the rooms? This should vary from 1-6.
Quiet Reading Room: What are your thoughts on this space?
I don't like what I see in this picture. I hope you will have more comfortable seating that you can relax in and not this modular furniture. I think seating should be arranged so that everyone has a view of the open window. Not sure about tables and chairs for one person either. This suggests groups which will not be quiet.
Adult Collections: What kinds of furniture would you like to see (e.g. lounge seating, study carrels, large study tables, booths)? My biggest concern overall is that the library remain comfortable and not sterile and institutionalized. Arlington Heights did that and it changed the whole feeling of the library. Keep comfortable normal seating and stay away from modular uncomfortable seating. I like the current layout of tables along the windows. Perhaps a little more space between each would be good. The biggest problem is that the wifi doesn't reach those areas.
Do you have any additional thoughts on the overall proposed designs? My biggest concern overall is that the library remain comfortable and not sterile and institutionalized. Arlington Heights did that and it changed the whole feeling of the library. Keep comfortable normal seating and stay away from modular uncomfortable seating.

I keep repeating this because I think it is the most important thing. Comfort is welcoming. Sterile and institutionalized is the opposite.
If each resident were given $100 to spend on the renovation, how would you allocate your dollars? (Each dot represents $10)
Elementary Learning Space (1), Study Rooms (3), Quiet Reading Room (2), Other: please specify (4)
If you selected "Other" above, please specify what you would use those dollars for. Paper towel dispensers in the bathrooms. Private changing tables in the large bathroom stall and in family bathrooms. Designated nursing area.
Are you a resident of Palatine Library District? No
How frequently do you use Palatine Library District? Once a week or more

Name not available January 2, 2020, 5:04 PM

Quiet Reading Room: What are your thoughts on this space?
I love the idea of having a quiet reading room facing the pond!

I don't like the idea of the fireplace in the far corner (or, maybe, inside the room at all). It might be cool to have the fireplace visible to the seating area directly outside the QRR *and* the reading room. All that being said, I don't feel the need to have a fireplace at the library.
Adult Collections: What kinds of furniture would you like to see (e.g. lounge seating, study carrels, large study tables, booths)? lounge seating, booths, and comfortable single seats that have some visual privacy (like a single-person pod?)
Do you have any additional thoughts on the overall proposed designs? I like the second floor being a more quiet and peaceful space for adults.
If each resident were given $100 to spend on the renovation, how would you allocate your dollars? (Each dot represents $10)
Digital Media and Makerspace / Creator Zone (8), Quiet Reading Room (2)
Are you a resident of Palatine Library District? Yes
How frequently do you use Palatine Library District? Once a week or more

Pamela Olander January 2, 2020, 4:30 PM

Elementary Learning Space: What are your thoughts on this space? This requires careful thought so that tax dollars are not used to duplicate what is
already available in the public schools. The library is certainly for learning, but it
is not intended to be a substitute for what tax dollars already fund in our public
school system.
North Entrance: Do you think we should add a second entrance? I am adamantly opposed to constructing a second entrance. The library currently has adequate entry points, both in the front (south) of the main entrance and in the garage entrances. This is an
unnecessary and unneeded expense not to mention the ongoing costs of additional security, energy loss, and safety practices. In a survey of suburban area libraries, there are currently NONE
which have second main entrances. The only library in our area that does is the Chicago Public Library. My understanding is that only 11% of active patrons, if that, have indicated a desire for an entrance on the north side of the building. If they are unwilling or unable to walk to the front, they can simply park in the garage. I park in the garage every time I visit the library which is an average of once a week, over MANY years, and the garage is never full. There are far better ways to spend our/my my tax money and that of the community than in constructing an unnecessary entrance. It appears to me that there is a lack of recognition and solid business practice here. It's easy to spend money wastefully and irresponsibly when the funds are generated by tax revenue, but it is wrong. I strongly urge you to reconsider this egregious plan in all of its permutations. Sincerely, Pamela Olander
Teen Space: What are you thoughts on this space? It is important to invite and welcome teens into our precious library, but we need adequate
input from teens as to its focus and purpose. Refine the plan.
Marketplace: What collections do you want to be easily accessible? Music and movies (DVDs). However, more and
more people are purchasing streaming services
so we don’t want to overspend in this area.
Café: What amenities would you like in a vending café?
I think this might be a good area to include a number of books on
healthy eating....both from a nutrition standpoint as well as actual
cookbooks. Be sure to incorporate recycling as well.
Creator Zone: How do you see yourself utilizing this space, or what tools would you like to see included? Filmmaking equipment.
Study Rooms: How many people should the new rooms seat? What should we add to the rooms? The rooms should accommodate varying size groups; they should include
soundproofing and electronics chargers should be made available. For
example, charging stations in the center of tables.
Quiet Reading Room: What are your thoughts on this space?
None of the seats face the fireplace!! It's too "stiff" looking. It seems
that the room is quite large. It might be more useful to add computer
stations as that area always seems full.
Adult Collections: What kinds of furniture would you like to see (e.g. lounge seating, study carrels, large study tables, booths)? Don't be wasteful. Don't discard the furniture we already have.
Repurpose it.
Do you have any additional thoughts on the overall proposed designs? While redesigning the library, it is important to keep in mind the purpose and mission
of the PUBLIC library. This is not a corporate entity or space. It is not a revenue generating
space.
What seems to be missing here is outreach. As the community ages, there needs to be
more accessibility, not less. This applies to working within the community...a book delivery
service perhaps. We do have public transportation...there are shut ins and people at SNFs
who should have the opportunity to check out books. We need more emphasis on this
age group. I don't see enough attention paid to seniors. And that's the direction our society
is headed.

Also, I don't see much discussion on the library's footprint...impact on the environment.
What about new insulation, window treatments to keep costs down, energy efficient lighting.

We've had boondoggles in the past, e.g. heated sidewalk (ridiculous), four inch expansion
of staircase, and WAY too much spent on consultants and surveys. Think like business people.
Do a COST/BENEFIT analysis on EVERYTHING.
If each resident were given $100 to spend on the renovation, how would you allocate your dollars? (Each dot represents $10)
Digital Media and Makerspace / Creator Zone (2), Other: please specify (8)
If you selected "Other" above, please specify what you would use those dollars for. ROOF. BOOKS/COLLECTION. (We're a library, remember?) PROGRAMMING.
Are you a resident of Palatine Library District? Yes
How frequently do you use Palatine Library District? Once a week or more

Name not available January 2, 2020, 9:45 AM

Elementary Learning Space: What are your thoughts on this space? I would favor hands-on activities, not screen-based options.
North Entrance: Do you think we should add a second entrance? No, I do not think a second entrance is the best solution. I think a better option would be to add pedestrian walkways over the top of the garage ramps (hugging the building) on both the east and west side of the building. This utilizes the existing entryway, keeps security strong by having one main entry, and also allows easier passage from the outdoor lots to the front door.
Teen Space: What are you thoughts on this space? My teens would not use the meeting space often. However, having additional displays of books arranged by genre, topic, etc (book store feel) would be beneficial for teens looking for new books, or books similar to others they have read.
Marketplace: What collections do you want to be easily accessible? New books and popular picks are the things my family would use in this area.
Café: What amenities would you like in a vending café?
Fruit would be great!
Quiet Reading Room: What are your thoughts on this space?
I would space out the seating more than the illustration above shows. If I am coming to read alone, it would be uncomfortable to sit that close to a random person.
If each resident were given $100 to spend on the renovation, how would you allocate your dollars? (Each dot represents $10)
Elementary Learning Space (3), Quiet Reading Room (4), Other: please specify (3)
If you selected "Other" above, please specify what you would use those dollars for. Other: pedestrian walkways over garage ramps to lead to the current main entrance.
Are you a resident of Palatine Library District? No
How frequently do you use Palatine Library District? Once a week or more

Name not available January 1, 2020, 7:44 PM

Elementary Learning Space: What are your thoughts on this space? Looks good for small groups
North Entrance: Do you think we should add a second entrance? Definitely
Teen Space: What are you thoughts on this space? Great idea
Quiet Reading Room: What are your thoughts on this space?
Beautiful and peaceful
If each resident were given $100 to spend on the renovation, how would you allocate your dollars? (Each dot represents $10)
Digital Media and Makerspace / Creator Zone (1), Elementary Learning Space (1), Study Rooms (2), Quiet Reading Room (2), Storytime Rooms (1), Additional Entrance (2)
Are you a resident of Palatine Library District? Yes
How frequently do you use Palatine Library District? Less than once a month

Name not available January 1, 2020, 6:41 PM

North Entrance: Do you think we should add a second entrance? Yes
Café: What amenities would you like in a vending café?
I think you should avoid having a cafe because it’s already distracting when people bring their own food.
Quiet Reading Room: What are your thoughts on this space?
I think it’s important to have a quiet space. But how many people are going to really be quiet?
If each resident were given $100 to spend on the renovation, how would you allocate your dollars? (Each dot represents $10)
Elementary Learning Space (5), Quiet Reading Room (5)
Are you a resident of Palatine Library District? Yes
How frequently do you use Palatine Library District? Once a week or more

Name not available January 1, 2020, 5:31 PM

Creator Zone: How do you see yourself utilizing this space, or what tools would you like to see included? It would be great to have a 3D printer
Study Rooms: How many people should the new rooms seat? What should we add to the rooms? Personally, I would need space for a max of 4 people. I would most often use these spaces for 2 people.
Quiet Reading Room: What are your thoughts on this space?
Love the idea of quiet space! It would also be great to prohibit gum chewing and eating in this space to keep the solitude :)
If each resident were given $100 to spend on the renovation, how would you allocate your dollars? (Each dot represents $10)
Digital Media and Makerspace / Creator Zone (2), Study Rooms (5), Quiet Reading Room (2), Storytime Rooms (1)
Are you a resident of Palatine Library District? Yes
How frequently do you use Palatine Library District? Once a month

Name not available January 1, 2020, 1:05 PM

Elementary Learning Space: What are your thoughts on this space? As a mom of an elementary kid, this is fantastic!
North Entrance: Do you think we should add a second entrance? Absolutely!
Teen Space: What are you thoughts on this space? This is a great idea, and I love that you have actual input from teens who will use it!
Marketplace: What collections do you want to be easily accessible? Nintendo switch games.
Café: What amenities would you like in a vending café?
Anything sounds good. Maybe good coffee?
Creator Zone: How do you see yourself utilizing this space, or what tools would you like to see included? I can see my son using this a lot. He is super curious and I love that he has the option of trying things there before we spend a ton of money on it!
Study Rooms: How many people should the new rooms seat? What should we add to the rooms? Not sure. I wouldn’t really use it.
Quiet Reading Room: What are your thoughts on this space?
Love it!
Adult Collections: What kinds of furniture would you like to see (e.g. lounge seating, study carrels, large study tables, booths)? Lounge seating
Do you have any additional thoughts on the overall proposed designs? No, I can’t wait!!
If each resident were given $100 to spend on the renovation, how would you allocate your dollars? (Each dot represents $10)
Digital Media and Makerspace / Creator Zone (5), Elementary Learning Space (5)
Are you a resident of Palatine Library District? Yes
How frequently do you use Palatine Library District? Once a month

Name not available January 1, 2020, 12:01 PM

Elementary Learning Space: What are your thoughts on this space? Very excited this age group will finally be considered! I hope the opening upwards will be closed/soundproofed so kids can play without disrupting upstairs so much.
North Entrance: Do you think we should add a second entrance? I like the option & see its benefit.
Teen Space: What are you thoughts on this space? Very attractive/inviting. I like they have their space separate from browsing area.
Marketplace: What collections do you want to be easily accessible? I think this is a great option for the less mobile and/or faster “pass through” user.

It would be nice to have a collection of new “hot” non-fiction cooking/craft/biographies & new “hot” fiction/mystery/large print available.
Café: What amenities would you like in a vending café?
Coffee, water, juice - naked juice/smoothies. Granola/granola bars, crackers, dried fruit.
Quiet Reading Room: What are your thoughts on this space?
Love enclosing this space & including a fireplace! Or a monitor that is seasonally a fireplace or virtual aquarium.
If each resident were given $100 to spend on the renovation, how would you allocate your dollars? (Each dot represents $10)
Digital Media and Makerspace / Creator Zone (1), Elementary Learning Space (5), Study Rooms (1), Quiet Reading Room (2), Additional Entrance (1)
Are you a resident of Palatine Library District? Yes
How frequently do you use Palatine Library District? 2-3 times per month

Name not available January 1, 2020, 10:00 AM

Elementary Learning Space: What are your thoughts on this space? Not needed
North Entrance: Do you think we should add a second entrance? Absolutely! It is especially difficult for elderly patrons.
Teen Space: What are you thoughts on this space? This would be great! It would however need to have supervision by library staff.
Café: What amenities would you like in a vending café?
Coffee for sure. A cafe type feeling would be wonderful.
Creator Zone: How do you see yourself utilizing this space, or what tools would you like to see included? A few 3D printers. Cricut machines
Quiet Reading Room: What are your thoughts on this space?
A cozy fireplace would make it more inviting. The location of three fireplaces on the drawing is in an awkward spot though... it's just in the clever like an afterthought. Also, place seating choices like comfortable recliner type seats in a half circle in front of the fireplace with a few small tables.
Adult Collections: What kinds of furniture would you like to see (e.g. lounge seating, study carrels, large study tables, booths)? Lounge seating, coffee availability for the adults on the 2nd floor in a central location.
If each resident were given $100 to spend on the renovation, how would you allocate your dollars? (Each dot represents $10)
Café (4), Additional Entrance (4), Other: please specify (2)
If you selected "Other" above, please specify what you would use those dollars for. Palatine's library is a disgrace when compared to surrounding libraries. It is not user or family friendly. Take a look at what Schaumburg or Arlington Heights or Barrington have done for examples. Palatine needs to step it up to compete with other options in our area.
Are you a resident of Palatine Library District? Yes
How frequently do you use Palatine Library District? Once a month