Friday, May 23, 2008

2nd public hearing on library facility needs

This is a copy of an email sent out to the Library newsletter & advocacy mailing lists.
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Dear friends,

Library staff has just sent out the following press release about a meeting here at 6:30 PM next Wednesday, May 28. Our consultants will present three scenarios for addressing our facility needs. At this point, your input is again critical: it's not about buildings -- it's about what kind of library we want to have.

The library has a good plan for meeting library service needs. But how we do that depends on what the community wants. In buildings, form follows function and function follows philosophy. The philosophy -- what we, as a community believe in -- is up to you!

Please come: bring your ears, your mind, and your voice. It's not about politicians, it's not about librarians -- it's about you, your businesses, your children, your neighbors, your future. It's your library.

Hope to see you next week!

Terry

Appleton Public Library Announces May 28th "Town Hall" Meeting to Discuss Three Potential Library Proposals

APPLETON, WI – The Appleton Public Library will hold a second "Town Hall" meeting next Wednesday evening May 28th, at 6:30 in the library’s Lower Level Meeting Room. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss three potential building scenarios being put forth as a result of findings and consultants recommendations based on a library facilities study. The consultants will also seek public input.

The library began its facilities study in mid-February with Durrant architects and Himmel & Wilson consultants. The Library Board and the City of Appleton commissioned the study with financial support from the City and the Appleton Library Foundation.

Approximately 1,000 surveys were mailed in March to randomly selected residents throughout Appleton and the library’s service area. Those surveys were just one step in a thorough series of research projects conducted by Durrant, which has also included community focus groups, interviews, and neighborhood meetings to discuss the library facility. The May 28th Town Hall Meeting is the second of two neighborhood meetings.

Working closely with library and city staff, Durrant will complete a thorough review and present its final recommendations by June 30, 2008.

The Appleton Public Library is located at 225 N. Oneida Street in downtown Appleton.

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