** 6/18/10: The proposal regarding Columbia Pike Branch Library was withdrawn Friday, June 18, in a press release from the County Manager’s office.**
** 6/13 Update: Town Hall Meeting Venue Changed:
To accommodate as many people as possible, the June 16, 7:00 p.m. meeting on Columbia Pike’s Branch Library has been moved to the atrium of the Career Center, which is adjacent to the Library at 816 S. Walter Reed Dr.**
** 6/10 Update: We’ve added a post with answers to frequently asked questions **
The Arlington Public Library serves a broad, engaged and growing number of patrons. For many years, we have enjoyed a partnership with Arlington Public Schools (APS) in a joint use of the Career Center/Columbia Pike Branch Library. For several years, however, the County and APS have been considering a redevelopment of the Career Center that may, or may not, include a branch library.
Knowing that the Career Center will eventually be redeveloped, and may or may not include space for the branch library, County staff have sought to identify and evaluate potential new homes for a branch along Columbia Pike. Recently, a potential new site has emerged. We are asking for your help in evaluating this option.
The County’s long-planned redevelopment of the Arlington Mill Community Center always considered including a small library presence. Now, the County may add one or two additional floors to the community center, space that could be used for a new Columbia Pike library branch. Such an opportunity could have many benefits for current users. However, we recognize that any move presents challenges for the community.
We are seeking your help in guiding the County in making this an important decision. We want to hear from you about how such a move would affect your use of the Columbia Pike branch. You will have several opportunities to both learn more about this potential change and provide your input.
Your first option will be a town meeting on this issue with me and other members of the Arlington County Staff. Please join us at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16 at Columbia Pike Branch Library for a full discussion of this proposal. We encourage you to bring friends.
If you cannot make the meeting, we hope that you will provide feedback through your Civic Association, this Director’s blog or by submitting suggestions to the suggestion boxes located at Central Library and all Arlington Public Library branches.
As this community process continues, the Library will provide more information through a variety of media outlets, websites and public meetings. Your opinions matter and we welcome them.
We look forward to working with you on this important community effort and sincerely appreciate the generous support you have shown Arlington Public Library through the years.
With all good wishes,