Johnson County Library facilities plan update presented to board Thursday

The fate of the Cedar Roe Library in Roeland Park depends on the outcome of a facilities study the library is undertaking currently.
The fate of the Cedar Roe Library in Roeland Park depends on the outcome of a facilities study the library is undertaking currently.

The future for the Cedar Roe and Corinth libraries is still unfolding, but the next step in the long process will occur Thursday when the Johnson County Library Board gets an update on preliminary planning for a system-wide facilities evaluation.

The library system began its assessment earlier this year and now is using and administrative team and a steering committee to help guide the work, according to Library Director Sean Casserly. The steering committee geographically represents the entire system, he said.

Concern for the future of the Cedar Roe Library in Roeland Park stems from a 2009 facilities plan that recommended it be merged with the Antioch Library. That same plan recommended a rebuild of the Corinth Library.

A community forum in June on the Cedar Roe plans generated a lot of support for keeping the library in northeast Johnson County. The evolving library plan has been a regular feature on Roeland Park City Council agendas this year.

Casserly said more detail will be presented Thursday, but not a plan or preliminary recommendation for a system re-alignment. That is expected about January. The Thursday report will include demographic data the teams and their consultant have been compiling that would help predict future library needs and how community attributes, such as transit routes, population centers, and community centers line might line up with library locations.

“We are building these for the community,” Casserly said. Any plan that is unveiled in 2014 will be taken back out into the community for input and reaction, he said. “It is a library for the community and has to meet their needs.”

Once a plan has been agreed upon, the the library will determine a timetable and strategies for implementation. The meeting Thursday will be held at the central library at 9875 W. 87th Street beginning at 4 p.m.