Friday, 06 August 2010 00:00
In the Manhasset Press dated July 29, Linda Liu complained, with good reason, about her daughter being accused by a stranger of parking illegally at our library. This triggered thoughts I have harbored for a considerable time concerning our often nearly full library parking lot. Additionally just a few weeks ago I went to the Apple Bank on business. Fortunately, for me, there was one parking space available. On inquiring of the manager about this she informed me that library parkers were the reason the bank parking lot is at times full.
Quite regularly I have noticed that the library parking lot is full or nearly so yet the library itself seemed rather scantily utilized. My curiosity was aroused so eventually I decided to conduct a simple survey. The parking lot contains 90 spaces give or take a few (many years ago I was in on the original action to maximize the number of spaces).
I had only to count the unoccupied spaces to get a car count. Next I would take the elevator to the top floor and mentally count the number of people not including obvious library employees or any children who were most likely not of driving age (That is, they did not drive a car to the library). I also looked into the community room in the basement. Next I remembered from years ago that the number of library employee cars parked averaged 14 cars. (Incidentally, paperwork was accomplished as I traversed the stairs downward so as not to create concern on the part of library employees).
On five survey occasions, randomly scattered over many months, the net number of persons in the library ranged from 13 to 19. On one survey occasion the count was 40 as there were 25 persons in the community room. There is such an impressive disparity between cars and people that it is obvious that something of concern is going on.
It also occurred to me that the library does sponsor bus excursions and this would account for some of the cars. However the library parking lot is 75 percent or more full on the quite numerous days that I have made observations. This is far more cars than can be accounted for by bus excursions.
There may well be a logical explanation for this apparent anomaly. The person who could best shed light on this is our library director, Marion Robertson. I urge her to address this matter in a Letter to the Editor.