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November 24, 2017

10/31/2017 11:07:00 AM
Byron library study presented to council

By Gretta Becay

Is Byron one step closer to having its own municipal library/community center? The city hired the consultant firm Library Strategies of St. Paul to meet with focus groups in town and gather statistics to see if the desire for a town library/community center is widespread enough to hold a referendum vote to pay for the facility. Consultants Karen Rose and Melissa Brechon presented their findings to the city council at their meeting Oct. 24.

A group of residents and other interested people formed a committee in 2015 to pursue the idea of a Byron library/community center. That group asked the city council in April to commit to at least a feasibility study, which would provide more information to the council.

Is there a need? The Rochester bookmobile, which visits Byron twice weekly, had 2,649 residents visit it in the past year from the 55920 zip code and they circulated almost 9,500 items.

And Byron boasts a dozen neighborhood libraries that are registered with the Rochester Public Library. These little weatherproof boxes of books are scattered throughout town and get lots of use.

At one of the focus groups meetings, Rose and Brechon talked about alternatives to the old 'brick and mortar' libraries full of books.

The activities in modern libraries have expanded exponentially from the old days of dusty, musty tomes.

Read the rest of the story in the print edition of the Byron Review.

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