Downtown Library 2012: Next Steps
Fri, 06/22/2012 - 7:39pm by josie
The third community forum to discuss the future of the downtown library was held on Wednesday, June 20. The video of the third forum is posted below, and the others are available on the previous posts on this blog. In addition, the feedback from the information stations at all three events have been collected and are included at the end of this post. The Library Board and staff appreciate that so many individuals have taken up this discussion with a keen interest. Comments can be posted to this blog, or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will acknowledge all communications by posting them on this blog. The Library Board meets next on Monday, July 16, at 7:00 PM in the 4th Floor Board Room of the Downtown Library. A public comment period precedes the regular meeting and is a part of the Library Board agenda each month. All are welcome, and encouraged, to attend. Josie Recording of June 20th Downtown Library Forum
I wish this plan included some sort of cafe/something to bring the community in that would make the library a "destination" like the Denver Public Library.
whats going on?
I wish the same thing, too
A cafe was part of the program developed in 2008. It is great to know that a cafe is still considered a "destination" feature for a downtown library.
I would love a new downtown library. It definitely needs an overhaul.
I'd love to see a building like the downtown library refurbished!
Please keep the downtown library the place to go to look at books. Although I love my branch, if I'm looking for books, but not sure what I want, I head downtown. Having one place to go where one can get a good overview of different genres is priceless. Exposing people to books should also be the primary function of a library. Although my family enjoys the other programs, don't forget your core mission
Books will remain important at AADL for many years to come!
Can't wait to see the new parking lot.
Neither can we! This City of AA/DDA project will open on Thursday evening, and we are looking forward to seeing it, too.
I just want to add my support for upgrading the downtown library, both the "seen" like more study space, use of tech, and the "unseen" building upgrades. I agree with other patrons who have said that the ability to browse is better at the main building than at the branches, and that this is an important and desirable feature.
After attending the Kids Read Comics event this past weekend, I also strongly support improved meeting spaces so the library can host events and groups alike. I love our library and am pleased at the community enhancement made possible by hosting such events. (I spent some of my time in the artists alley telling artists how lucky I think we are to have the AADL and its wonderful programs, like the summer game.)
Thank you so much for your comment, and particularly putting it together with what you experienced at the Kids Read Comics event. I was there, too, for part of the time and it was so much fun to see so many people enjoying the library at a comics convention. It is very helpful to have attendees letting the artists know how you feel about the Library, too. We are a long way from NYC and LA, and it takes some convincing to get folks here for the first time. Having a library user and comic reader talk us up will help us continue as a venue for that event and others equally interesting, but not typical in a town our size.
I would love to have the downtown library upgraded!
I would love it if there like a cafe or something like that in the library. It would definitely make the library seem more welcome and friendlier.
The service program that was developed in 2008 did include a lobby coffee shop. That portion of the building could also be open before and after library hours. It is good to know that a coffee shop would make the library friendlier and more welcoming.
Thanks for the comment. We appreciate your letting us know that you would appreciate upgrades to the downtown library.
I'd like to see you consider just doing an addition and renovation rather than a full tear-down. Perhaps adding on where the staff parking lot is? Or building a new building over part of the underground parking structure and then tearing down the current library and making that open space. Closing the building for 2-3 years seems unacceptable and unnecessary.
If your primary concern is a closure and disruption of services, then it is important for you to know that we would need to disrupt service in the building no matter what is decided. We cannot operate the library with the dust and noise of a construction project within our walls without causing a completely different type of disruption! We did plan to continue library service downtown in a different location during the construction period. While it would be a limited service compared to what we have now, we would plan to do that if a project does occur.
You listed several options and I can assure you that over the past five years, all of them have been considered in various configurations. There are pro's and con's to every one of those ideas, and the Library Board has weighed them carefully. If you haven't seen the video of the three community forums, I encourage you to view them. Your questions have been asked by others and the answers are presented in the videos. I also encourage you to attend Library Board meetings. The next one is Monday, July 16, at 7:00 PM in the 4th Floor Board Room, Downtown.
Just wanted to thank you all (library, city, community members & library users) for moving forward on this project and becoming involved in the process. I love A2 libraries and use them almost every day. Let's make this happen!