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Planning Recap to Date

The Homewood library is among the first of our neighborhood locations to be completely renovated. Improvements include the addition of an elevator, interior upgrades throughout the building, including the 2nd and 3rd floor which will provide us with several meeting rooms, removal of the mezzanine and upgrades to the auditorium.

This community-driven planning process includes a series of public meetings to engage Homewood residents and library users in creating an accessible, state-of-the-art library.

January 23, 2002 - Community meeting with DesignGroup, professional library programmers. The community and library users were asked what they liked about the library and what they would make better about the library.

January 2002 - April 2002 - DesignGroup meets with manager of CLP-Homewood and staff of CLP- Homewood to discuss book collections and customer needs. These meetings assist in the development of a library program for CLP-Homewood. Other CLP staff are involved in the development of an outstanding library program that will meet the needs of the library users.

April 13, 2002 - Community meeting with DesignGroup to discuss the bubble diagram, a conceptual design of how the book collections and different areas "fit" into the building. Attendees discussed the children's area, the addition of a "teen area" and areas for special collections and meeting space.

June 22, 2002 - Architects, Pfaffmann & Associates lead a discussion with the community regarding possible designs including removing the mezzanine, re-opening the 2nd and 3rd floor and installation of an elevator. Model of the library is introduced.

June 2002 - Present - Architects, Pfaffmann & Associates meet semi-weekly with CLP-Homewood branch manager and other CLP staff to discuss incorporating community input into the library design and to discuss ongoing changes and ideas.

July 30, 2002 - Representatives from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh met with the Homewood Roundtable to provide updates and information to the community leadership.

October 19, 2002 - Community meeting to discuss the design development to date of the library. Finishes for the floors and children's collection were discussed. Residents expressed concern over the library closing during renovation.

November 11, 2002 - CLP - Homewood staff and Pfaffmann & Associates met with representatives from the community regarding input for the children's room, African American collection and the auditorium.

December 14,2002 - Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Pfaffmann + Associates discussed the final designs of the community designed library and reviewed the project schedule and logistics.

January 2003 - Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Homewood branch is Building a Better Library! February 1, 2003 is the last day of service before the branch temporarily closes for renovation. Look for the grand re-opening sometime Fall 2003!

February 17, 2003 - Work begins on the library.

February - April, 2003 - Librarians Joyce Broadus and Caralee Sommerer are busy in the communities of East Hills, Point Breeze, North Point Breeze and Homewood visiting schools, senior centers, hi-rises and other groups with library programming. Construction continues on the library with asbestos abatement, small demolition and demolition of the mezzanine.

April 26, 2003 - Hard Hat Tour scheduled with the community. Succesful - with approximately 35 people attending the tour.

July 26, 2003 - Hart Hat Tour scheduled with over 50 people attending!

With your help and support, we are almost there!

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