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February 22, 2014
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Windsor-Severance Library looking to 'wait its turn' to build new facility

The Clearview Library District Board of Trustees aims to build a new library down the road because the current one at 720 Third St. is running out of room.

Clearview Library District Director Ann Kling said with upcoming ballot issues to fund the construction of a new school and a recreation center expansion, the board plans to “wait its turn” and ask voters to fund the project in about five years.

The 13,000 square-foot library was constructed in 1997 on land donated to the district by the Weld RE-4 School District and was expanded another 4,000 square feet in 2008, Kling said.

Now the library is unable to expand any more in its current location and space to store extra materials, and for staff to work, is running low, she said. Despite advances in technology, like e-readers, Kline said usage statistics show more people are using the library now more than ever before.

“We’re at the point where we have to throw things out to be able to add more, so we can’t keep some of the things we’d like to keep,” Kling said.

The board decided to bring in library consultant June Garcia to help the board create a facilities study plan in 2012, Kling said. She worked with a committee comprising two board members, a member of the library foundation, two community members, representatives from the towns of Windsor and Severance and a member of the school district.

“She said we’ve outgrown this building already,” Kling said.

The committee traveled to Denver to look at what kinds of amenities other libraries offer to try to find new ideas about how to better serve the community here, she said.

Some of the amenities Garcia said were missing at the library included a separate children’s space, quiet study areas for use by patrons, a large meeting room that can be rented out for community meetings and other events and a larger parking lot to accommodate the library’s busy times.

Garcia also made some suggestions for improvements the library could make in the meantime, including a book vending machine, which would work like a Redbox does for DVDs, Board President Joann Perko said.

Her other suggestions included sharing materials with the schools, so kids can put items on hold and have the library deliver them; books by mail for elderly or home-bound residents; and possibly some services with other community agencies, if the location would fit their list of needs.

“We want the community to understand we are aware of the situation and are thinking about the community’s needs,” Kling said. “What’s next? It’s all based on what the community wants.”

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