When it comes to building a new library for the Pico Neighborhood, City Hall wants to hear from you.

City staff will host a community workshop this Saturday, Sept. 11, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Thelma Terry Community Meeting Room at Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave.

Pico Neighborhood residents have for decades requested a library be built to help revitalize Pico Boulevard and strengthen academic support for youth. The City Council in February voted to move forward with the creation of the Pico Branch Library.

Topics covered at the workshop will include an update on planning the new branch library, a presentation featuring a virtual tour of libraries nationwide as well as an opportunity to meet the design team, Koning Eizenberg Architecture. Workshops are also planned for October, November and December.

Virginia Avenue Park is served by Big Blue Bus Line 7. The park is wheelchair accessible and welcomes persons of all abilities. A Spanish-language translator will be available at the workshop.

The public is also being encouraged to give input on the Pico Branch Library planning process by completing a survey, available in both English and Spanish. The survey is available online at smpl.org/pico/TakeOurSurvey.htm and copies are available at all Santa Monica Public Library locations and at Virginia Avenue Park.

For more information about the Let’s Talk Pico Branch Library Community Workshop, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606, sign-up for e-mail updates at pico.library@smgov.net, or visit the website smpl.org/pico/library.htm.

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