Library neighbors upset about parking

Residents living near the new library on Scott Street have complained that library-goers are parking in neighbor-hood streets. (Photo by Veronica Gordon)

by ANDY SEVILLA

The new Kyle Library has proven to be more popular than expected, and with the demand has come some complaints from neighboring residents.

Residents in a nearby residential neighborhood have complained to city officials that library-goers are parking in the neighborhood streets and clogging the roads, particularly for the library’s Story Time.

Kyle City Manager Lanny Lambert said there should be plenty of parking for the square footage of the library. There are a few parking spots in front of the library and a whole parking lot behind it.

Lambert said neighborhood resident complaints particularly point out the library’s Story Time for when patrons head to the neighborhood’s streets to park and walk to the library.

“The neighbors are complaining and we’re trying to investigate and see what’s causing (parking in the neighborhoods),” Lambert said. “It may be that our parking lot is full and they’re overflowing. But we’re thinking (library patrons) don’t want to go in the crowded parking lot and they’re parking in the neighborhood.”

According to the library’s website, Story Time is at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and bilingual Story Time is at 10:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

“Story time on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays of each week features stories, songs, finger plays and a simple craft,” states the website. “Story times have different themes so kids can read new books and learn new things every time they visit the library.”

Lambert said library-goers shouldn’t be parking in the streets of residential neighborhoods, and that if the library has outgrown its parking lot, the city may have to consider purchasing some land and building a second parking lot.

“The library has proven to be very popular, much more popular than our old one,” Lambert said. “It has really exceeded all our expectations. It’s very nice.”

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