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Windsor residents met Wednesday to discuss which ideas may stick for new Clearview Library

Kelly Ragan
kragan@mywindsornow.com

Brightly colored sticky notes adorned the walls of a Clearview Library meeting room like a painting of promising new ideas.

Windsor and Severance residents gathered Wednesday night to discuss ideas on a new library. The meeting stressed the 'what' of the project, not the 'where', as a decision on the library's location is still down the road.

Dennis Humphries, principal at Humphries Poli Architects, opened with the intent behind a new library. The roles of libraries, he said, have changed and will continue to change.

"Libraries aren't warehouses of knowledge anymore," Humphries said. "They're participatory."

Libraries now are places for people in the community to come together to learn, create, innovate and experience.

"I think tonight is one of the most significant events," Humphries said. He referred to the meeting as a 'mindbreaking', something just as important if not more than the groundbreaking, he said.

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Humphries showed various slides of different libraries around the country. Some adapted a modern, minimalistic design. Some were warm and cozy. Some were solar powered with walls made of plants.

Humphries encouraged attendees to think about how the library could best represent the town. He encouraged them to think about the heart of Windsor. An attendee spoke up to remind others that the library would serve Severance as well.

For Windsor resident Kelly Donahue, an outdoor space was what she wanted most.

"An outdoor space is something we don't really have here," Donahue said. "I'm from Wisconsin, so to me the summers here are great. It would be cool if we had an outdoor reading area."

Others echoed the sentiment as several other sticky notes mentioned an outdoor space. Other popular ideas included more parking, a warm and cozy atmosphere versus a minimalistic one, use of wind energy, a coffee shop space, a creative space for kids and a quiet space.

The architects will take the community's feedback and incorporate ideas into the design process. There will be meetings every two weeks to touch base on the project. The architects still need to consult schools in the area to see what students are looking for in a new library and what services are already available at schools.

Now that the 'what' has been discussed, the 'where' can take more form. There are potential sites downtown but nothing is certain, said Ann Kling, library board director.

Bruce Florquist, a member of the Severance town board, was disappointed the meeting was so Windsor focused.

"We could use a branch library in Severance," Florquist said. "We have spaces for it. I hope [a new library] would be considered for somewhere in between."

Sticky note ideas

» Longer evening hours

» Outdoor seating

» Outdoor nature garden

» More parking

» Drive-up drop-off returns

» Green screen

» Discovery Center partnership with Fort Collins

» Coffee shop

» Warm and cozy feeling

» Music and video rooms

» Wind and solar energy use

» Bike racks

Have ideas?

Send your thoughts and ideas on the new library to director@clearviewlibrary.org.

Clearview Library will accept submissions and examin new ideas “until the ribbon is cut,” Kling said.

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