By Chrystal DeCoster
The next meeting for the “Heart of Lyons” will be a public gathering to further explore community interest in and concerns for the evolving library project. It is slated for Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m., at Lyons Valley Village. A visioning session will give everyone in attendance an opportunity to provide input on the services and programs that a proposed Lyons Library Community Resource Center might potentially offer.
Roger Thorp, the consulting architect helping to develop the project, will again be on hand to answer questions on Phases Two and Three of the project’s preliminary studies. These findings will cover the review site and building options (both old and new), and will be posted on the website www.theheartoflyons.org, for public perusal before the upcoming session.
As stated on the “Heart of Lyons” website “Our goal is to assess community needs and desires, and match them against library services and community resources enjoyed by citizens of similar communities that have chosen to develop modern multi-media libraries and resource centers.”
In advance of the visioning session, attendees may wish to conduct some investigation into just what “modern multi-media libraries and resource centers” might mean. Trending around the country are paradigm shifting facilities, exemplified by Anythink, the Rangeview Library District in Adams County, where according to their website www.anythinklibraries.org/24-7-library, “Not all of Anythink’s resources are on the shelves; an endless world of information can be accessed right here, any time from anywhere.
Download eBooks and audio books, access thousands of images and articles, or ask a librarian your toughest research questions 24/7.” A map showing locations of Anythink branches can be viewed at www.anthinklibraries.org/locations.
This is all food for thought toward a proactive contemplation about what the “Heart of Lyons” might look like to individuals and their families. Speaking of which, light refreshments and childcare will be provided at the 7 p.m. public visioning session on May 29. Hope to see you there.