A recent Patch story about the unveiling of a new $6.9 million design for the Seminole Heights Branch Library has sparked some debate among our readers and Facebook fans.
"Looks wonderful ... but ... Library? What for? Kinda pricey for a dying breed utility?" wrote Charlie McElman on the Seminole Heights Patch Facebook page on Wednesday.
That prompted Rebecca Reuben to respond by writing, "This is exactly the place we need to be putting money instead of other more wasteful projects. This library has been a great resource for the community my entire life and is probably one of the most used libraries around. Nice to see it's finally getting some much deserved attention."
Ingrid Jacoba listed all the benefits the library offers, especially in a rough economy.
"Free internet access, free movies, books on cd/tape, books, newspapers magazines ... most things that people have trimmed from their household budgets..." she wrote. "It's also a safe haven for kids to study."
And reader Christie Grimaldi had a suggestion for the new design.
"It should have a wrap around porch, at least on the top floor," Grimaldi wrote, "so, readers can have a nice sit outside, while enjoying a book."
So we want to know: What do you think?
Does the library still serve a purpose in today's world?
Do you take advantage of what the library offers?
Would the money for the Seminole Heights Branch Library redesign be better spent elsewhere?
Will the new design improvements make you more likely to visit the library?
Post a comment below and let's keep the conversation going.