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Media Release

Central Library for HRM
2nd Public Meeting to Gather Feedback on Building Program Scenarios

April 4, 2008 – Halifax    Halifax Public Libraries and the HOK Planning Group have drafted building program scenarios for a new Central Library for HRM, and are inviting public input. The three scenarios are based on comments, feedback and suggestions gathered at the first public meeting in February, as well as from focus groups and surveys completed by library users.

"Public consultation is so important. We were thrilled with the enthusiasm and great ideas generated early in the process," says Judith Hare, CEO of Halifax Public Libraries. "We now need the public's help again to test possible service directions for the Central Library."

All three concepts will be presented during a second public meeting on Wednesday, April 9 at 7 p.m., at the Lord Nelson Hotel. The public will have a chance to provide feedback through a hands-on workshop led by the HOK Planning Group. There will also be opportunities for those who cannot attend the meeting to view the scenarios and offer their input on the Libraries' Web site at halifaxpubliclibraries.ca.

"That there is a need for a new Central Library has been very clearly articulated during the public process and the excitement people have for a new building that supports a vital, innovative and well-used library is impressive," says Susan Kent, the library consultant who is part of the team working to shape the new Central Library for HRM. "We are looking forward to continuing our discussions with the community and putting their ideas into a final plan for a new Central Library."

Phase 1 in planning a new Central Library is expected to be complete by June 2008 at which time the Library will have answers to important questions including budget and square footage. At that point, the Library will be able to present the overall plan to municipal council.

For more information, visit the Library's website at halifaxpubliclibraries.ca or call 490 5744.

Media Contact:

Helena Sergakis
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
Phone: (902) 490-5852
Cell: (902) 476-8605
Fax: (902) 490-5762