A public meeting and preliminary discussion of the renovation study of the Astoria Library will take place Tuesday at the Liberty Theater. The doors will open at 5 p.m., and the meeting will take place between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
The city, library leadership, and consultant team would like to hear about the library service needs and the citizens ideas, including both current needs and anticipated needs.
Following the presentations and group discussion, all are invited to the McTavish Room for refreshments and an opportunity to speak in more depth to members of the consulting team, city staff and library board members.
The city of Astoria recently commissioned a renovation study of the Astoria Library. The study has four goals: needs assessment, building program, cost estimate and fund-raising strategies. Ruth Metz Associates (RMA), a library consulting firm based in Portland, is conducting the study.
Both RMA and the city are seeking a robust community response. RMA has been meeting with community stakeholders, library patrons, library staff and city staff throughout the month of July.
The public comment taken as part of the preliminary needs analysis at these meetings will be combined with comments taken at and after the Tuesday meeting.
Additional opportunities to comment include a booth at the Sunday Market Aug. 18. Comments can also be delivered to the Astoria Library at any time.
This study is preliminary to any future architectural planning and design. We need to see how the Astoria Library can be renovated to provide contemporary library services and at what cost. Then the city will be better able to determine next steps, said Brett Estes, community development director/assistant city manager.
For information about the Astoria Public Library programs and services, contact library staff at 503-325-7323, email comments@astoria
library, or go to www.astorialibrary.org