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Published March 28, 2011, 09:52 PM

Residents Voice Opinions on New Grand Forks Library

What might a new Grand Forks library look like? Residents are getting a say on that in a series of meetings that started Monday. Most people who have been to a library know that it's much more than just about the books.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

What might a new Grand Forks library look like? Residents are getting a say on that in a series of meetings that started Monday.

Most people who have been to a library know that it's much more than just about the books. There are computers, and other forms electronic media, not to mention community events. They all need to fit in a new library.

Quiet spaces, and distance from kids and teens are just a couple of the suggestions from seniors on the new library.

Rod Mittelsteadt is one of about 12 people who listened to an architect from Illinois who specializes in library design. Rick McCarthy showed them features of new libraries that have been recently built.

McCarthy says modern librarys should have a fun side that attract children and a place for teens to socialize. At the same time, giving older people traditional quiet areaa.

Grand Forks voters will be asked on May 3rd if the city should raise the sales tax one percent for three years or until $20.8 million in sales tax is collected to pay for a new library. Until then, solid design plans will not be made. However, the library board hopes these meetings will get people thinking about the library's next chapter.

McCarthy also talked with teens at a meeting Monday afternoon. The next meeting will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. for parents and children and at 7 p.m. for the general public.

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