Our big worry down here right now is finding places for the two new branch libraries. (We have the funding: the bond issue for them, and for upgrades at three existing branches, passed in 2000.) Right now, residents of far northwest Oklahoma City have to go at least as far as The Village (Pennsylvania north of Britton Road) or Warr Acres (63rd and MacArthur) branches, or to Edmond, and things aren’t much better in the southwest quadrant.
The situation out northwest is now being addressed. City Council this coming week is expected to sign off on the purchase of a four-acre tract at NW 122nd and Glenhurst, east of MacArthur, for $898,730.
The City and the Metro Library System will hold a community meeting on the 16th at Crossings Community Church, 14600 North Portland, from 7 to 9 pm. On the agenda:
Attendees at the meeting will get to hear about the library system’s plans for the library and the approximate location. They will also get to participate in “vision sharing,” which will allow the public to tell library officials what they would like the library to look like both the exterior and on the inside.
“This is also the time,” said MLS Executive Director Donna Morris, “for residents to share their thoughts about services they would like the library to offer.”
A roof that doesn’t leak would be nice, I think.