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Community provides input on possible new library for Windsor

Emily Wenger
ewenger@mywindsornow.com

Excitement was a common theme Wednesday night at a public meeting on a possible new library for the Clearview Library District.

"I'm excited," said Sara Thompson, a library patron.

Brian Thompson, Sara's husband, said he also is looking forward to a new library, though he said he has been wondering how the couple's son, 4-year-old Walker, will adjust to the new space.

"Right now he knows where he can go," Brian said

Their 10-week-old son Torsten also listened to the meeting, but may not be able to explore a library for another year or more without assistance.

In the second public meeting this year, library patrons were able to provide feedback by sticking notes to the walls of the Windsor-Severance Library, where concept ideas for the design of the new library hung.

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This past year, the Clearview Library District purchased a property for a possible new library northwest of Colo. 392 and Colo. 257, near Windsor Lake. The library board will have to decide later this year whether or not to put the question of a new library to voters in November.

Craig Bouck, CEO of Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture — the company working to design the new library — said at the previous meeting library patrons left their thoughts about the look and feel they would like to see in a new library.

That feedback, Bouck said, led to two general design ideas, which included green space, outdoor activity space, parking, reading areas and room for community events.

The designs were hung on the wall of the library for more public feedback, and Ann Kling, director of the Windsor-Severance Library, reminded residents the building might not look anything like the initial designs on the wall.

"Nothing about the design of the building is set in stone," she said.

Debra Jackson said she is "really excited" about the new library, something Bouck said he heard from several who talked to him after the meeting.

"Everyone's really excited, and I've heard really good things about both of the ideas," he said.

The two design ideas presented could be combined before the next public meeting in order to move toward a more final design — depending on feedback, Bouck said.

"We want this to be a gateway into the community for learning and innovation," he said.

New library project

For more information about the possibility of a new library for the Clearview Library District, contact Ann Kling, library director, at director@clearviewlibrary.org, or call the library at 970-686-5603.

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