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Proposed eastside library branch would focus on children and youth

Posted Dec. 14, 2016

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A new Fort Worth Library will serve as a community hub and will have a special focus on serving the needs of young learners up to 18 years old. The opening is planned for fall 2019.

The 8,000-square-foot, $5.5 million facility will be at 3851 E. Lancaster Ave., in Council District 8, on land acquired in 2015. There are three Fort Worth libraries within three miles of the Eastside Branch that provides services to adult users.

During the 2014 bond election public input process, the public asked for a library specifically for children. Including an educational curriculum with an emphasis on early education would position the city as a partner with the citywide Fort Worth Literacy Partnership, supporting its two goals: school readiness and grade-level reading.

The Library Advisory Board has endorsed the concept. Next steps will include issuing a request for qualifications in January 2017 and selecting a design and architectural firm. Residents will have opportunities to provide input on conceptual designs.

Funding will come from the 2014 bond election ($3,252,000), gas well revenues ($1,400,000) and general capital funds ($845,725). A public art project at the library will cost $65,000.

Other cities with designated children’s libraries are Gallup, N.M.; Alexander City, Ala.; Dallas; Kensington, Md.; New Rochelle, N.Y.; Biloxi, Miss; Westbury, N.Y.; and New Orleans.

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