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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Public Meeting on Visioning Future of Main Library

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Schipske To Hold Community Meeting on
 “Visioning the Future for the Main Library”
Meeting Set for Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm in
El Dorado Library Community Room

Long Beach, CA – June 20, 2013 – Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske is inviting residents to attend a public discussion on “visioning the future of the Main Library” on Saturday, June 29 at 12:30 pm, in the community room at El Dorado Library.

Schipske called the meeting after several residents expressed concern that the public had not be given the opportunity early in the process of discussing what they want done about the Main Library and that the process and decision would be developer driven.

“Since its beginning, the City of Long Beach has had a main library either in or adjacent to its downtown City Hall,” reminds Schipske. “Recently, the City sent a Request for Qualifications (  to interested parties for the possible construction of a new main library at the current site or the relocation of the Main Library to another part of the city as part of an overall new Civic Center. The public has not been asked what they vision for our Main Library. This meeting can be the start of that discussion.”

The RFQ states about the Main Library: “Rebuild or relocate within the Downtown area the existing Main Library with a modern facility that meets current user needs and use patterns, giving it a more prominent identity and enhancing efficiencies.”

Once the City Council receives all the responses to the RFQ and their proposals, the Council will have to decide what to do with the current City Hall, Main Library, and old courthouse.

“While I personally think the City should retrofit and refurbish the Civic Center and Library which would be less costly, I really think it is important that the residents provide input on what they want these facilities to look like and what services they should provide. I invite the public to attend so we can have this discussion.”

El Dorado Library is located at 2900 N. Studebaker Road. 
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