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However, since the District decided to make it a full service library, it remains in the same building.

In a letter to District Council, Library Board Chair Kathy Murphy explains that it’s time to review the capabilities of the location. The library needs space for story/activity time, a designated youth/teen area, a music area and loan items.

Murphy says the Board has concluded that the best way to create these spaces would be to “square off” the building, which is shaled like an “L”.

Another option discussed was developing the basement space for the public, but Murphy argues that would “serve as a less effective and temporary measure”. She points out library space would be further fragmented, and storage space would be taken away, when it should be open with shelving instead of walls.

As the building is owned by the District, it is now faced with the decision of how to move forward. At Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, council recommended that staff prepare a report on the library’s expansion, including alternate solutions to those presented by the Board. Mayor Fred Jarvis even brought up that the building may be better for something else, and other options could be explored for the library.

Once made official by council at its next meeting, staff will prepare a report for early in the new year, including cost estimates. Hudson’s Hope currently has plans for a similar addition and upgrade to its library at a total cost of $5,000.

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