Public hearing for proposed new library scheduled for Dec. 22
The Board of Trustees is working with architectural firm StudioGC to finalize square footage for a new facility at 210 S. Sixth St., and with Ehlers Financial to develop a financing plan, which will be reviewed at a public hearing scheduled for Dec. 22, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the lower level meeting room. This is an opportunity for community members to share their thoughts on the need for expanded library service.
"This is an exciting opportunity to invest in the future and build a library that offers the programs and resources our community needs," said Library board President Robert Shiffler. The board concluded that it makes the most fiscal sense to build a new facility that offers the space and amenities the community needs. The library is landlocked at its current location, and community feedback has been clear that the library must provide additional services and resources, along with study space, meeting space, function rooms – and on-site parking.
In addition, contemporary libraries are evolving to meet community needs by offering resources like drive-up convenience, 3-D printing services, craft rooms, equipment checkout, early literacy play areas, and more. Those services cannot be provided at the current location.