Methow Valley News, May 22, 2019

FOWL to host workshops on new library

 BY METHOW VALLEY NEWS

Friends of the Winthrop Public Library (FOWL), the nonprofit organization working to bring a new library to Winthrop, will host community meetings/workshops in June and July to gather public input on the project.

The first meeting will be at 2 p.m. on June 2 at the Winthrop Barn. The second will be on July 13 at 10 a.m., also at the Barn.

Shannon Polson, chairperson of FOWL board of directors, said the group is hoping for meaningful attendance at each event “for maximum community engagement.”

FOWL announced last week that is has selected Johnston Architects and Prentiss Balance Wickline to coordinate designing the new building.

The new library will be built on a .81-acre parcel purchased by the town, on White Avenue near Little Star Montessori School. FOWL is spearheading the building project and private fundraising efforts for the new facility, and will turn it over to the town of Winthrop when completed. The North Central Regional Library (NCRL) system, of which the Winthrop library is a part, will provide furnishings, staff and equipment for the new building, as well as maintenance.

Construction is expected to begin in spring 2020. Preliminary conceptual sketches show an 8,400-square-foot “footprint” for the building. Since early 2017, FOWL has been promoting construction of a new library to replace the overcrowded, outdated building on Highway 20. The Winthrop library is also included in the state’s recently approved biennial capital budget. The project is earmarked for $2 million in state funding when available.

Friends of the Winthrop Public Library (FOWL), the nonprofit organization working to bring a new library to Winthrop, will host community meetings/workshops in June and July to gather public input on the project.

The first meeting will be at 2 p.m. on June 2 at the Winthrop Barn. The second will be on July 13 at 10 a.m., also at the Barn.

Shannon Polson, chairperson of FOWL board of directors, said the group is hoping for meaningful attendance at each event “for maximum community engagement.”

FOWL announced last week that is has selected Johnston Architects and Prentiss Balance Wickline to coordinate designing the new building.

The new library will be built on a .81-acre parcel purchased by the town, on White Avenue near Little Star Montessori School. FOWL is spearheading the building project and private fundraising efforts for the new facility, and will turn it over to the town of Winthrop when completed. The North Central Regional Library (NCRL) system, of which the Winthrop library is a part, will provide furnishings, staff and equipment for the new building, as well as maintenance.

Construction is expected to begin in spring 2020. Preliminary conceptual sketches show an 8,400-square-foot “footprint” for the building. Since early 2017, FOWL has been promoting construction of a new library to replace the overcrowded, outdated building on Highway 20. The Winthrop library is also included in the state’s recently approved biennial capital budget. The project is earmarked for $2 million in state funding when available.

Article originally appeared here.