Over the course of the last year, we completed outreach within the community of Avon, as users are the experts of their own environment, through focus groups, surveys and open houses.

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The survey demonstrated users of the Avon Branch value the physical collection, with 65% of respondents saying they enjoy browsing it. The proposed expansion would double the collection and create a space for teens and young adults.

Nearly one third of respondents come for children’s programming and 21% of people who took the survey said they would most like to see an improved and expanded children’s area. In the proposed changes to the Avon Branch, this area would be doubled with a larger interactive area and dedicated programming and story time room.

While cooking classes were the most popular choice among respondents for additional programming, 19% were also interested in adding digital fabrication tools, such as 3D printers. These wish-list items would become possible as part of a Create Space, providing access to technology and tools as well as programming.

With the passage of the levy on April 28, we can now begin the process of vetting and hiring an architect and gather community input on the renovation and expansion design. Please continue to check back for updates and photos as we embark on this next chapter together.