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There is a lot of buzz about growth in our community, and there has been for many years now. The library, like other services in our area, is planning for how to best serve the influx of residents into Windsor, Severance, and West Greeley. We are grappling with how to serve 23,000 residents in a facility originally built to serve 10,000; how to keep up with the demands of circulating 386,932 items, more than twice the number of items we circulated just 10 years ago; and how to accommodate the 770% increase in attendance at children’s programs in that same timeframe.
As you may know, the Clearview Library District is considering a mill levy increase to pay for the construction and operation of a larger, more central library facility that will better serve the growing communities of Windsor, Severance, and West Greeley. A new 35,000-square-foot library facility would house state-of-the-art technology, a multipurpose community meeting room, a dedicated quiet space, collaboration spaces, a phenomenal children’s area, and outdoor spaces for everyone. It would also provide patrons with access to more resources, popular materials, and programs. Click here to read answers to frequently asked questions about the new library project.
The library has held two community meetings this year to get input from the community about the components and design of the new library. An additional meeting will take place at the library on July 10 at 5:30 P.M. The library board will decide in August whether to refer a question to the ballot this November. If voters approve the funding in November 2017, the library will open in 2019.
Current construction estimates put the cost of a new 35,000-square-foot facility at around $25 million. The cost to homeowners is estimated to be $5 a month for a $300,000 residential property. That $5 investment will go a long way. As public library champion Laura Bush said, “Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.”
The Clearview Library District has a remarkable reach in the community. Over 25,000 people interact with the library every month. We offer an average of seven programs a day, 220 programs a month, and 2,600 programs a year. More than 45,000 people attended our programs in 2016. We have 85,000 items available for checkout, including books, magazines, graphic novels, music CDs, film and TV series DVDs, video games, tech toys, a guitar, explore kits, and more.
As other public services in our area expand to meet the local building boom and record enrollment in our schools, we believe it is just as important for our community’s library facility to be a comfortable and inviting place for people of all ages. We are proud to look to the future and create opportunities that will spark the diverse interests of our patrons. We offer both expected and unexpected ways for our patrons to explore, learn, and discover far into the future.
Adding to the excitement of the new library is its new location. The Clearview Library District purchased a property located at the intersection of Greenspire Drive and East Main Street, near Main Street and Hollister Lake Road (the geographic heart of our district). The space is large enough to accommodate a 35,000-square-foot facility and serve Windsor, Severance, and West Greeley. It will give the library more visibility in the community and provide patrons with convenient access and parking. We expect that by the time the new library is built, the area will be much more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly than it is today. The Town of Windsor’s strategic plan details its commitment to a thoughtful framework and supportive infrastructure, which includes a traffic and roadways initiative that will positively impact all of Main Street, including the future library site.
We intend to add the greatest value for the greatest number of citizens and community organizations in our area, which is why we have invited you to be a part of the design and construction process and will continue to do so. This will be your library, and we want to ensure that it meets your needs and expectations. Please join us for the next community meeting on July 10 at 5:30 P.M., or reach out to us to share your perspective at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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