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Prairie City News

Library holding meeting on proposed expansion

A rendering of the proposed library expansion sits at the entrance of the Prairie City Public Library. A community meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the city's community building, 503 S. State St. to discuss the plan.
A rendering of the proposed library expansion sits at the entrance of the Prairie City Public Library. A community meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the city's community building, 503 S. State St. to discuss the plan.

In response to overwhelming community feedback, the Prairie City Public Library is working on expanding its facility. A community meeting to view the proposed plans and gather additional feedback from the citizens of Prairie City is planned for 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the city’s community building, 503 S. State St.

“Last fall, the Prairie City Public Library hosted a community meeting (of both people that use the library and those that don’t) to brainstorm ideas for the library’s strategic planning process and goals for the future,” library director Sue Ponder said. “Since that time, the library board completed the strategic plan and set goals for the future of the library and the services we offer. One of the overwhelming responses from that community meeting was the need to expand the library facility.”

Following the meeting, representatives from the library met with architects from Vermillion Design Group to being formulating a design plan. Results from the formal needs assessment which was completed a couple of years ago and feedback from the planning session were shared with Vermillion in order to meet all of the needs expressed by the community and library patrons.

“We have received preliminary plans for the expansion, made the adjustments the board and staff felt were needed and have just received the “final” plans, which you may have seen in the library or at Prairie Days. “Final” in this instance does not mean further changes will not be made, but that the plans are ready for additional feedback from our residents,” Ponder said.

The plan includes expanding the almost 2,000 square foot building by more than 4,000 square feet for a total of 6,390 square feet. A detailed floor plan will be available at the meeting for viewing.

Ponder said she encourages those considering attending the meeting to also visit the current library to see the amount of space currently available at the facility at 100 E. Fifth St.

“Any staff member would be willing to discuss the challenges faced by patrons and employees that use our current facility,” Ponder said.

For more information about the meeting contact the library at 641-994-2308.

Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or jpierson@newtondailynews.com

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