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NCW Libraries/ Friends of the Peshastin Library announce upcoming community event

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Peshastin community members will soon get the opportunity to hear more about upcoming improvements to the Peshastin Library and provide their feedback on potential changes to the interior spaces. NCW Libraries and the Friends of the Peshastin Library will host a community town hall event on Tuesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. at the Peshastin Memorial Building. The event is free and open to all community members and all ages. A short presentation will be provided by an interior designer from Library Forward, a nationally recognized design firm specializing in library spaces.

 Following the presentation, participants will have an opportunity to explore design concepts and vote on the design elements they would like to see at the Peshastin Library. Additional opportunities for the community to provide input will be available May 23 at a pop-up event outside the Peshastin Grocery from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

“Our goal is to reach as many members of the community as possible, both current library users and non-users,” said Clare Morrison, Peshastin Librarian. “We want to hear from the community how they want to engage with the library and what will serve their needs.”

The community engagement events are part of NCW Libraries Reimagining Spaces project, a multi-year interior redesign effort at all NCW Libraries branches throughout the five-county system. Library Forward and Forte Architects of Wenatchee have been hired by NCW Libraries to lead community engagement efforts and develop interior design plans. Peshastin is one of the first communities to begin its redesign.

“We were able to get going early on in Peshastin thanks to the amazing efforts and support of the Friends of the Peshastin Library,” says Tim Dillman, NCW Libraries Executive Assistant. “The Peshastin Library is owned by the Friends, and they have faithfully maintained the building for over 4 decades through hard work and community fundraisers. With the NCW Libraries board of trustees now setting aside funds for improvements to all our community libraries, the timing is perfect for maximizing the investment of all parties.” Design plans for the new interior spaces will begin in early summer. The goal is to complete the addition and space redesign by the start of 2024. For more information about community engagement for the Peshastin Library and the Reimagining Spaces project, visit ncwlibraries.org/reimagining-spaces.

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