In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email or on Facebook.
Last week's question:
Brentwood is looking into building a larger library. How pleased are you with the library facilities in your city? What kind of changes would you like to see?
THE Internet killed the library.
BOTH AS A Brentwood Library patron and volunteer, most days I find the library is bursting at the seams. And, it is a happy, secure place where seniors to small children enjoy what the library has to offer. Most computers are in use, patrons wait in line for assistance, and if you're lucky, you can hear the giggles of children during story time. Brentwood is deserving of a new library as soon as possible.
BY EVERY STANDARD, it clearly has been too small for years. And, the population is expected to continue to grow. Libraries are no longer a place where you go just to check out a book. The modern library is really a place of learning for residents of all ages, classrooms for learning how to use a tablet or smart phone, meeting rooms, for groups of students to cooperate on a school project, comfortable seating for people to relax and read a magazine. There are lots of computers for those who cannot afford access to the Internet from home.
Electronic books may reduce the number of books on shelves but they will not replace the modern library. Visit any library built in five years and you will experience the kind of space described above. The proposed library for Brentwood is consistent with our needs. Let's find a way to build it.
THERE ARE TWO things I would really appreciate in an expanded library space: a meeting room that could hold perhaps 30 or so people and an expanded reference book area with study table space.
I love Brentwood Library and use it regularly including Book Ends reading club and reserved book pickups of books ordered online.
BRENTWOOD'S LIBRARY IS tiny. It is only one-fourth the size of the average Contra Costa County library, as related to population. And it's awkwardly laid out, so that people can't find what they're looking for. It is very popular, as residents check out more books, ebooks and videos than in other local towns. People flock to the children's and teens programs, and residents use the public access computers heavily, yet there's not enough space to add more programs or computers. A new, larger library can serve as a community focal point.
This week's question:
The police chiefs in Brentwood and Antioch discussed the struggle to boost police staffing to previous levels in delivering reports on crime trends recently. What do you think of the police staffing situation in your city and the impact it has on public safety?
Email your response to email@example.com. or post on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BrentwoodNews. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence.
Not all responses will be published. Note: Please respond before Monday, May 5.