"Library construction fared better in 2009 than many expected during the recession, especially given the unreliability of funding for programming, materials, and hours." Link to executive summary.
And the beat of construction equipment goes on.
Link to April 23 San Jose Mercury News article, "Palo Alto's downtown library closes a chapter, begins renovations".
Excerpt: The tiny library, built in 1971, is a beloved fixture for many downtown residents, including regulars who come often each week to use the computers, peruse the news and check out a book or two. It is the first of three Palo Alto libraries that will be renovated through a $76 million bond measure passed by voters in 2008.
The exterior of the library on Forest Avenue will stay the same but the interior will see extensive changes. The technical services department at the library will be moving to the Mitchell Park branch, freeing up space for a new multipurpose room for programs and meetings. There will be a new dedicated children's room and a group study room, as well as better lighting, new carpet and paint, and additional computers.