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Clearview Library District officials want public input on new library building at special Tuesday night meeting

New library input meeting

What: Clearview Library District officials want public input on the design of their new library.

When: 5:30-7:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Where: Windsor-Severance Library, 720 3rd St., Windsor.

Light refreshments will be served and childcare will be provided.

Clearview Library District officials want to ensure the public has a say in the design of the district's next library.

To that end officials will hold a special meeting for Windsor and Severance locals to talk with the library's architectural firm.

The meeting will take place from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Windsor-Severance Library, 720 3rd St., Windsor.

Library district officials hired Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture — the same firm that worked on Windsor's Community Recreation Center expansion — to design the new library. Qt the meeting, representatives of the firm will ask the public what they want in a new library, said Library District Director Ann Kling.

“It’s a chance for the public to speak up and say this is what we really want to see in a new library,”Ann KlingDistrict Director

"It's a chance for the public to speak up and say this is what we really want to see in a new library," she said. "If they want a huge children's area, this is their chance to say that. If they want lots of quiet space, speak up. If you want outdoor space, tell the architects that. And if there's something we haven't thought of that rises to the top (of the discussion) then architects need to hear that."

Library staff members have already met with the architects to tell them what they'd like to see in the new library. Now the architects want to meet the public, talk with them about the design process and timeline and hear users what they think about a new library.

"We want the public to be a part of the process," Kling said.

For parents who want to come, but can't find a baby sitter, the meeting will offer childcare. And because it takes place so near dinnertime it will also have light refreshments for those who attend, she said.

"I hope the public is excited about the new building," Kling said. "When they see what the architects are going to be drawing and what kind of spaces the library will have, (I hope) people will be excited."

After getting input from the public Tuesday, architects will begin drawing designs and should have preliminary concepts ready show the public and library officials in a couple months, she said.

Last year library officials said in order to keep up with the growing number of patrons and the services they use, the district needs to expand into a larger library facility. After months of studying several locations, and a feasibility study assist the process, district officials closed on a 5.76-acre lot at Greenspire Drive and East Main Street for $925,000 in December.

Located a bit northwest of the Colo. 257 and Colo. 392 intersection and near Windsor lake, the property will house the district's next library. To make that dream a reality district officials will have to consider funding options from bonds to mill levy overrides, either way requiring a vote from library district residents, Kling said.

After Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture finishes their design of the new building, library officials will have to decide if they want to ask voter to support the new building in this November election or wait until another year, she said.