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July 11, 2014

Library tops city’s list of desired amenity

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“If the response to the new Norman Public Library West is any indication, the citizens of Norman will welcome the new public spaces Norman Forward is proposing, including a new downtown library and an east library,” Masters said. “I appreciate Norman Forward’s efforts to bring these worthwhile projects to the attention of the city council and look forward to the council’s response to the proposed city improvements.”

The east satellite library branch will be located on land adjacent to Fire Station No. 9, at 3001 E. Alameda St., east of 24th Avenue Southeast. No. 9 is the newest fire station in Norman, and the land will allow for an eastside library branch and community center. Adding an eastside branch will complete the Library Master Plan.

“The council will be challenged to develop a package that has broad-based support and meets the highest priority community desires, but I look forward to engaging our citizens in the process,” Rosenthal said. “If we are to be successful in gaining voter approval, we need to anticipate and answer all of the key questions that our citizens will raise.”

A series of public meetings will allow Norman residents to speak with the project architects, Scherer and Matt Kruntorad, on Sept. 7 and Sept. 8. Residents can give feedback on their preferences for library services.

“It is important to remind the community that the city of Norman provides and maintains the library facilities that serve Norman, while Pioneer operates them,” Masters said.

Information gathered from these meetings will be considered as the plans are further developed. The final recommendations will be presented to the community Oct. 5 and 6.

“The Norman library is heavily used while under-resourced,” said Anders Dahlgren, library planning consultant. “The library responds well to community interests and demands with the resources at hand, but there is clear evidence that additional resources (and the space to house those additional resources) could be well used.”

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