The new Meadowridge Library on Raymond Road officially opens to the public on September 15th and I can tell you, you won't be disappointed! For those of you familiar with the Meadowridge Shopping Center, the library is in the former ACE Hardware Store, but you would never know it.
There is additional space, small meeting rooms, a quiet room with a fireplace in addition to dozens of computers. There is of course a children's area, and one for teens as well. Libraries today are about so much more than books and magazines. They are gathering spaces and learning centers and the new Meadowridge Library is going to be a wonderful addition to the neighborhood.
There is more good news too though. As soon as the new library is opened, the former space will be gutted and rehabilitated into the new Meadowridge Community Center. We are expecting a late December opening for that facility.It will include a community activity room, a gaming room,an office for neighborhood leaders, more computers and food pantry space.
And once that transition is complete, the former Community Center will be transformed into shared space for both facilities. There will be a wonderful meeting space for the neighborhood as well as a community commercial kitchen for neighborhood dinners, cooking classes and demonstrations. This shared space will allow the Library and Neighborhood Center staff the opportunity to collaborate on programming to better serve the neighborhood. The entire project should be completed next spring.
So many people worked together to make this happen and I certainly am unable to name them all, but they include Alder Matt Phair, leadership in the Meadwood Neighborhood Association, Madison Library Foundation, Friends of Meadowridge Library and hundreds of others, volunteers, city staff, contractors and workers. This great effort is really paying off!