Where’s a downvalley library to go?
GYPSUM ” From the day it opened nine years ago, the Gypsum Public Library’s time at its present location was limited. Now the schedule for the facility has an end date in sight.
Gypsum Town Manager Jeff Shroll said the town’s planning department is outgrowing its present quarters and in the next two to three years the operation will have to expand into the space Gypsum donated for the library.
But, Shroll said, the community values the library and wants to come up with a long-term plan to keep the facility open. That’s why members of the Gypsum Town Council met with members of the Eagle Valley Library District Board last week.
“It was a polite ‘heads up’ regarding the space in Gypsum,” said Shroll.
Last week’s meeting wasn’t the first time library officials had heard from the town. A new Gypsum library was one of the items promised by the district when it presented a bond issue last fall.
“The bond failed, but that didn’t change the need,” said Shroll.
Shroll said the town has land available next to the skate park for a library building.
That’s one of the possibilities for the future, library board President Michael Brown said.
“At this point, the meeting was a polite nudge from Gypsum,” said Brown. “We assured them that going forward, we want to continue to have a library in the town of Gypsum.”
Brown said the library district must define what it wants for a Gypsum facility. “The challenge for us is that on one hand, the concept of the library district is centered around regional libraries like the large facilities we have in Avon and Eagle,” he said.
At the library district’s request, the town will conduct a survey to find out what services residents desire. When the survey is complete, the town and the district will have another discussion.
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