Monday, March 10, 2014 2:59 AM
Published on: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
By Peggy Dee
New library coming, but what about the saucer?
Pop-up art gallery makes use of vacated jewelry store
Yard sale weekend
Patsy Cline and the Young At Heart club
Posted By: Hyattsville Saucer On: 10/3/2013
Title: Save Our Saucer
While Saucer is the face of the "Save Our Saucer" campaign regarding the future of the Hyattsville Branch Library, the issues at stake go beyond the architectural. Opportunities for community input regarding the renovation or replacement of the facility have been few to none. We are being told "Here's what the plan is, don't you love it?" and when questions are raised about the number of books in the library or other services or the sustainability and cost of renovation vs. demolition and building new, we're told "If the project stalls then the money will just go elsewhere."
Libraries are central to their communities. This is true of the Hyattsville Branch. There should be much greater public input into the decisions being made and more transparency should be part of the process. We recognize that there are community needs that must be balanced with library system operational needs, and there can be differences of opinion about the significance of the existing Mid-Century Modern building, but a more open, public process should be followed. That is what the cities of Mount Rainier, Hyattsville, University Park, and College Park have all called for, and it is a principle that should be applied for this project and more broadly for other civic improvement projects. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/saveoursaucer