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Search Begins for Central Library Location

As the Deschutes Public Library System starts their search for land to build a Central Library, library board members are at odds on how best to proceed. A letter signed by more than 20 staff members essentially asks board members, Ray Miao and Anne Ness, to resolve their differences with other board members - or resign. Miao and Ness want to see more neighborhood libraries while the other three board members say they want to honor the voter approved bond for a 100,000 square feet Central Library. Deschutes Public Library Executive Director, Todd Dunkelberg, says the board is working to address their differences. Last month, the City Council balked at an amendment request to grant the library permission to build on a 12-acre parcel just north of Bend. Library officials withdrew their amendment to focus on alternatives. Options for potential sites will be presented to the board on May 11th. Dunkelberg says plans for a new library in Redmond and libraries in La Pine and Sisters,  are moving forward.




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