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Residents can ‘build’ library

Cut-out forms can be shaped to create design

Posted: August 16, 2008 9:12 p.m.
Updated: October 18, 2008 5:02 a.m.
City officials are calling on you to “build” the new library planned for downtown Newhall.

Consultants at a build-a-library workshop on Wednesday will give attendees “cutout forms to come up with their own site,” said city Administrative Analyst Alex Hernandez.

Based on funding expectations and a recent public survey, the city’s consultants have a general idea of what the main components will of the planned library will be, but consultants want the public’s input on how to arrange it all. “The exercise will provide an opportunity to let them play around and come with their own personal design of the library,” he said. “Certainly there’s going to be administrative offices, a teen center and the circulation desk area ... and where you place them matters.”

Architects will also lead a group discussion to gauge which types of amenities the public wants to see. Irvine-based LPA has designed other libraries including the Mission Viejo Library, City of Orange Main Library and the Temecula Library.

Santa Clarita city officials are planning the 16,000 to 30,000-square-foot Newhall Library on the block where Main Street, Lyons Avenue and Spruce Street meet.

The library workshop will be held Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Hart Hall at William S. Hart Park. The park is located at 24151 Newhall Ave. (formerly San Fernando Road).


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