Public Library Seeks Input on Expansion Plans

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This conceptual sketch shows what renovations to the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library – including the addition of a third story – could look like from the northwest (Farwell St. is at right). (Images: Zimmerman Architectural Studios
This conceptual sketch shows what renovations to the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library – including the addition of a third story – could look like from the northwest (Farwell St. is at right). (Images: Zimmerman Architectural Studios)

The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is seeking public input on a proposed renovation and expansion project. Preliminary plans for the library, which was built in 1976, include adding a third story, expanding the first and second floors, and upgrading infrastructure, as well as other components such as building a 250-seat performance space, creating a technology commons with high-speed Internet access, and adding a space for literacy and language learning. A public survey is part of an ongoing campaign readiness study to see if a goal of $11.5 million in private fundraising is viable. Those interested in taking the survey are asked to first read a two-page draft of the project proposal. Both the proposal and the survey can be found online at www.ecpubliclibrary.info/survey or by stopping at the library, 400 Eau Claire St. The survey will end Friday, Dec. 7.

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