XENIA — The City of Xenia is looking for public input on how best to reuse the Carnegie Library.
In partnership with volunteer group Xenia Carnegie Library Friends, Xenia officials will host the second of three planning meetings to discuss revitalization efforts for library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21 in the Xenia City Council Chambers, 107 E. Main St.
The meeting will include a follow-up to the first public meeting held in the spring, and presents another opportunity for citizens — especially those who missed the first session — to get caught up and to be a part of efforts to bring the Xenia Carnegie Library back to life.
The meeting will also include a short presentation by Mary Ellen Armentrout, author of the book “Carnegie Libraries of Ohio: Our Cultural Heritage.” She will discuss several of her favorite adaptive re-uses of Carnegie Libraries across Ohio. City of Xenia and Heritage Architectural Associates staff will be on hand to discuss the process and hear citizen input. Armentrout will also speak 1-2 p.m. June 21 at the Carnegie Library Lunch and Learn series, hosted by the Greene County Historical Society, 74 W. Church St.
Xenia Carnegie Library Friends will also officially launch the “Carnegie Wish Campaign” in conjunction with Greene County History Week. The campaign, which will run June 15-July 30, will give citizens an additional online forum to submit their visions of possible library reuses. History week runs June 17-23.
For more information, visit the Xenia Carnegie Library Facebook page or www.explorexenia.com and search “Carnegie Library” to learn about ways to be involved. Learn more about Carnegie Library master planning efforts by contacting volunteer Josephine Reno at 937-361-2354, or visit City of Xenia Government on Facebook or Twitter.
Also on June 21st from 1pm until 2 pm, Armentrout will be the first speaker in Carnegie Library’s additional lineup of events, including the “Carnegie Library Lunch and Learn” series, at the Greene County Historical Society, 74 W. Church Street.
Xenia Daily Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.