Library plans forums on proposed Clifton branch

Michelle Boisvenue-Fox

Three community forums have been scheduled to hear comments on a proposed new branch library in the Clifton and Fruitvale areas of the Grand Valley.

“This is an important opportunity for the communities in the east valley to talk to us about what they’d like to see in a new library,” said Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, director of the Mesa County Libraries. “The best libraries strongly reflect their local communities, and we want to make sure that we are providing the services that the communities want and need most.”

The forums are scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 24, 3 p.m. Oct. 25 and 10 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Mesa County Libraries Clifton branch at 590 32 Road. The forums are open to the public.

A new library building has been proposed to replace the Clifton branch. The library would be constructed on a 5-acre site at 3180 F Road Mesa County Libraries purchased two years ago. A grand opening is planned for 2021.

The Clifton branch is the second-busiest of the eight library branches behind only the central library in Grand Junction. The facility receives an average of 8,600 visits a month, and about 12,000 items are checked out or renewed monthly. More than 10,400 library patrons identified the Clifton branch as the facility they most often use.

But with 5,400 square foot of leased space in a shopping center, the facility is too small and lacks the meeting rooms in demand from library patrons, Boisvenue-Fox said.

“That’s why Mesa County Libraries are exploring the idea of building a new library in that area that will better serve the people who live there,” she said. “We want to hear from residents at the community forums what they would like to see in a new library.”

A public naming contest for the new library also is scheduled for later this year.