2017 Carnegie Public Planning Process

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Below is a timetable of public input activities that occurred as part of the Master Planning Process. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 1:30-3:00 p.m. - First public meeting and mini-tour of the Carnegie Building. Read Press Release inviting public to the First "Re-imagining Xenia Carnegie Library Meeting. ReadAgenda /Minutes to Meeting #1at the Xenia Community Library.

Wednesday, June 21, 6:30 p.m., Second public meeting.  2nd Floor Xenia City Council Chambers, 107 E. Main Street. For those unable to attend the April meeting or the Lunch and Learn 1:00 luncheon held also on June 21st with author Mary Ellen Armentrout, Xenia residents had the opportunity to hear Mary Ellen Armentrout describe several of her favorite adaptive re-uses of Carnegie Libraries across Ohio, to hear a re-visit of the Historic Structure Report prepared by Heritage Architectural Associates, and best of all, to give their input directly to City and County officials regarding potential reuses for the Xenia Carnegie.

This second public input meeting occurred just days into the official Carnegie Wish Campaign that will be open for all ideas until July 30th. Press Release Agenda Minutes to Meeting #2 at City Admin Building Ideas to Meeting #2at City Admin Building.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017, Third public meeting. Xenia Library on E. Market Street, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
The public gathered at the Xenia Community Library on August 9th to prioritize the top development suggestions for the Xenia Carnegie Library. Flexibility, integrity, public demand, feasibility, potential partners, owner considerations, and desires of the residents and the greater community were taken into account. Some 279 different ideas/submissions were culled over, categorized, and selected by the group of participants in attendance. Press ReleaseAgenda Minutes to Meeting #3at Library.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Noon to 2:00 ish - FINAL CONCEPT REVEAL! 

Bring your sack lunch, and join the City and Heritage Architectural Associates at the Xenia Branch of the Greene County Library, first floor meeting noon, for this FINAL step in the Master Planning process for the Xenia Carnegie Library. Historic Architect, Steve Avdakov, will present three developed scenarios for redevelopment of the Xenia Carnegie Library. The scenarios will include preliminary design drawings, concept considerations, and an initial estimate of probable cost for the three usages selected by the community this summer. Don’t miss this final presentation! Press Release Agenda

Video of Final Presentation Here Master Plan Final Report and Options with Drawings


Thursday, February 9, 2017 - Xenia City Council Special Session Presentation, HSR, by Heritage Architectural Associates.
Browse the entire HSR and attachments at the "Community Development Library." Watch the video of the HSR presentation.

What is a Historic Structure Report? A well-prepared historic structure report is an invaluable preservation guide. Read more.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 A SLOW ROLL ride comprised of bicyclists from the International Trail Symposium rolled by the Xenia Carnegie Library on their trip. The group stopped and participated in a quick "I WISH THIS WERE A _____" exercise, and posed for Preservation Month with a "THIS PLACE MATTERS" sign. A great time was had by all.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - KIWANIS PRESENTATION -Xenia Carnegie Friends made a special Xenia Carnegie Library presentation to the Kiwanians. If you are not a Xenia Kiwanian, be sure to ask your favorite member for a guest invite to hear about what is going on with the Xenia Carnegie Library.
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 1:00 -
Kick off of Greene County History Week at Greene County Commission meeting, quick Carnegie presentation to Greene County Commissioners, Greene County Commission Office, 35 Greene Street, Xenia, Ohio 45385.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., LUNCH AND LEARN 1 - approximately 30 persons came to the Greene County Historical Society for the Carnegie Lunch and Learn Summer Brown Bag Series. Author Mary Ellen Armentrout of Columbus, Ohio inspired the group by telling of her experiences writing her book Carnegie Libraries of Ohio: Our Cultural Heritage. Ms. Armentrout gave specific ideas for potential reuses of the Xenia Carnegie, and entertained the attendees with facts about our own Xenia Carnegie Library -- how it became one of Carnegie’s favorite designs, and how it is so worthy of restoration. The lunch and learn brown bag was held at the Greene County Historical Society, 74 W. Church Street, Xenia, Ohio.  

Monday, July 17, 2017 at 5:45 p.m., a SLOW ROLL-Stained Glass Tour happened with riders beginning at Xenia Station, riding out to Payne Theological Seminary to see a beautiful presentation of the chapel’s stained glass/theological history, then back to the Carnegie Library in Xenia to hear about the stained glass at 194 E. Church Street. Ice-cream was provided by Young’s Dairy for a sweet completion!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., LUNCH AND LEARN 2, a small crowd met once again over their brown bag lunch to hear a fascinating talk by Dr. Ryan Ireland, Communications Coordinator for the Greene County Public Library and TEDx talk presenter. Dr. Ireland provided an insightful and little-known look at how Carnegie’s built libraries affected library systems and our very culture over the past century. He talked about the incredible evolution of libraries from a highly ordered but "small world view" of Melville Dewey to the ever expanding role of literacy and libraries -- from books to book binding in makers Spaces. He discussed the nonprofit he and his wife began called Third Story Literacy Project that is putting up "Little Free Libraries" throughout the Miami Valley Region and Xenia. This second Carnegie Lunch and Learn Summer Brown Bag Series was held at the Greene County Historical Society, 74 W. Church Street, Xenia. Press Release To see photos, take part in discussions, hear what others are thinking, go to the Xenia Carnegie Library Facebook Page!

Let’s make Xenia Carnegie a thriving, beautiful asset in Greene County for yet another century!