By Jackson Dodd
The City of Riverside is building a new Main Library and is looking for public input on what residents would like to see in the new facility.
Public meetings are being held at 5:00p on both June 15 and July 21 in the Art Pick Council Chamber at Riverside City Hall.
“Libraries have evolved into information centers that serve everyone from young children checking out their first books to adults who are looking to re-enter the workforce,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said in a release. “Riversiders of all ages can look forward to an amazing place that focuses on exploration and innovation.”
Architectural firm Johnson Favaro, who’s award-winning designs include the Manhattan Beach Public Library, West Hollywood Public Library, and Pasadena Museum of California Art is tasked with the new library’s design.
“Johnson Favaro is an excellent choice to advance the Main Library into the 21st Century,” Library Director Tonya Kennon said.
The new $30 million, 45,000-square-foot library will provide access to traditional reading and also Makerspace, which offers access to 3D printing, iMacs, laptops, computer coding instruction, and a sound recording studio.
“The new Main Library will launch a new era of discovery for Riversiders, young and old,” Mayor Pro Tem Mike Gardner said. “I encourage the community to attend these public meetings and provide its input on what should be included in a new Main Library.”