Assistant librarian Crystal Friars (left) and Stettler Public Library chair Jane Skocdopole discuss the blueprints for the proposed expansion of the library with architect Daren Blair last Tuesday.

Assistant librarian Crystal Friars (left) and Stettler Public Library chair Jane Skocdopole discuss the blueprints for the proposed expansion of the library with architect Daren Blair last Tuesday.

Seniors’ centre, library expansion take shape in plans

Plans for a Stettler Recreation Centre upgrade to accommodate Stettler Public Library expansion and the addition

Plans for a Stettler Recreation Centre upgrade to accommodate Stettler Public Library expansion and the addition of a seniors’ centre are progressing favourably, say proponents of the project.

Town administrator Rob Stoutenberg said he was pleased with the co-operation between the committees involved.

Members of John Hull Architects met with community representatives last Tuesday to finalize blueprints for the renovations.

A public presentation of the architects’ drawings is scheduled for next Tuesday.

Library chair Jane Skocdopole said she appreciated the opportunity for input.

“Thanks to the councils, building committee and the architects for including us in the process and for truly listening to us, and for taking the time to fully understand our needs, Skocdopole said.

She said she was excited about the renovations.

“The Stettler Recreation Centre is a really well-used facility and this expansion will further enhance an already great community space.

“This will give the Stettler Public Library and its patrons a lot more space, more service and programming options — and that will enrich our entire community.”

The library has seen increased usage and posted an all-time record of almost 69,000 visitors in 2012.

Seniors’ interest groups involved in the consultation process included the bridge club, the dance club, the drop-in centre and the 55-plus group.

Considerable input from actual user groups pleased Coun. Malcolm Fischer, the town representative on the building committee.

“It’s been an example of very good town-county collaboration, showing a willingness to move in a positive direction, from the very beginning,” Fischer said.