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Clearview Library District Building Program: It’s All About the People.
By now you may have heard that the Library Board is planning to build a new library for the Clearview Library District. The new Library will replace the current Library which no longer meets the needs of the growing Windsor/Severance/West Greeley community. The process of building a new Library will be a lengthy one and the Board is in the very early stages. Below is the Building Program for the new Library.
Watch this space for information on the new building as the project progresses.
April 5, 2017
If you missed last night’s meeting, but would like to share your feedback on the amenities and resources you would want a new library to provide, please download this form, and drop it off at the Library.
April 4, 2017
While other public services in our area build for the future, the Clearview Library District is also considering expansion options that will allow us to keep pace with our growing community. Join us on April 4, from 5:30-7pm, at the Windsor-Severance Library to weigh in on a future library for our community.
This meeting will be an opportunity to give your feedback on the amenities and resources you would want a new library to provide. We have hired an architecture firm to draw plans for a library to be located on property we own at Greenspire Drive and East Main Street, near Main Street and Hollister Lake Road. During the April 4 meeting, the architects will share information about the design process as well as the timeline. The Clearview Library District may ask voters to fund a new library through a ballot initiative this November.
We hope to see you on April 4. Light refreshments will be served and childcare will be provided.
February, 24, 2017
Update on a New Library for Windsor, Severance and West Greeley
Barker, Rinker, Seacat was approved as the Design Firm for the new library at the Feb. 23rd meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Clearview Library District. Library Staff and the Board’s Library Design Committee along with Dan Spykstra of Wember Associates will hold a kick-off meeting to discuss a plan of action and timeline for the design of the building on Monday, Mar. 6th. For more information on Barker, Rinker, Seacat, visit their website.
Watch this space for more news about the new Library!
A Message from Clearview Library District Director, Ann Kling: December 21, 2016
The Clearview Library District has served its community for nearly a century. During this time, we have evolved from simply a place where people access popular materials and meet to discuss them, to a place that brings popular materials to the community online and via a bookmobile, and provides a space for children and adults alike to explore, learn, and discover through books and so much more.
If it has been a while since you visited the Library, I encourage you to stop by. You will find that, similar to other public amenities in our area, the demand for our services has grown and continues to grow by the day. Over the course of a month, 25,000 people visit the Library and we are quickly running out of space.
We are running out of shelf-space for resources our library patrons expect, as well as floor-space for the technology they want to utilize. We are running out of space to host popular programs, such as children’s storytimes and adult cooking and crafting events. We are running out of space that meets the diverse needs of our children and senior citizens and everyone in between.
We are not alone in this challenge and are taking our lead from other public services in our area that are building for the future. From a new Rec Center to a new high school in Severance, and the Innovation Center coming to Windsor High School―these projects show just how invested our community is in providing exemplary and modern public services and facilities that benefit citizens and add to our community’s exceptional reputation. These projects have inspired our Clearview Library District Board, staff, and Foundation to imagine what a 30,000-square-foot facility with, for example, state-of-the-art technology, a multi-purpose community meeting room, dedicated quiet space, and a phenomenal children’s area would add to our community.
One of the challenges we face in envisioning a new library is that land was not offered nor donated for the project. Instead, on December 15, 2016, the Library purchased a property located at Greenspire Drive and East Main Street, near Main Street and Hollister Lake Road. We have designated this area as a future library site, large enough to serve Windsor, Severance, and West Greeley and save us the overhead and maintenance costs that would come with multiple facilities.
We have taken to heart the town and school district’s extensive efforts in recent years to seek community input for their projects, and similarly, in the new year, we will invite all Clearview Library District citizens to weigh in. We will take feedback on what amenities and resources you want the new library to provide through a survey on our website and in-person community meetings. We will also be reaching out to our partners in the community (community clubs and organizations, the town and the school district, the faith community, and others) for suggestions on how a new library can serve their needs and for a discussion on future options for the library’s current facility (720 3rd Street), so it can continue to serve the community once we have relocated.
We know that our community values fiscal responsibility just as much as it values exemplary services. We are committed to putting forth a plan to the voters next November that offers the biggest value for the money invested, as well as amenities and services that cannot be found anywhere else in our community. We are intent on adding the greatest value to the greatest number of citizens and community organizations, public entities, and businesses in our area.
We look forward to hearing from you in the new year. In the meantime, please check our website for updates, and if you have comments and questions, send them to email@example.com.
Request for Quotation: October 31, 2016
You can read the Request for Quotation here.
Mindbreaking: February 24, 2016
Check out this article in the Windsor Now on our Mindbreaking event.
News as of Nov. 24, 2015
The Library Board, the Downtown Development Agency and the Town of Windsor have received a matching grant from the Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs which will fund a study of several areas in the Downtown Windsor area and immediately outside the downtown area as potential sites for a new building. Nine architectural firms responded to the Request for Proposal. 3 final candidates have been called for interviews. Once a firm is chosen, the study will begin in Jan. 2016. A decision on purchasing property is expected by mid 2016.
If you have questions about the new building for the Clearview Library District, please contact one of the following people:
Ann Kling, Library Director
Joann Perko, Library Board President
Ian Whittington, Library Board Treasurer
You are also invited to attend the Library Board’s monthly meetings which are held at the Windsor Severance Library on the last Thursday of the month starting at 5:30.
Key components of a 21st century library for the Clearview Library District
A Building That Is:
Indoor Space for Children That:
Indoor Space for Teens That:
Indoor Space for Adults That Has:
Indoor Space for Everyone That Has:
Makerspace (or flexible space that can be used for a variety of purposes as library services evolve):
Community Meeting Spaces:
An Outdoor Space That Has: