Southlake Library Task Force
The Southlake City Council appointed Councilmembers Kathy Talley and Ronell Smith to lead a Library Task Force. The Task Force was charged with looking closely at the future of the library and working with the community to envision a new space that welcomes people at the front door and invites them to experience a library in a whole new way. The Task Force completed their work in June 2022, and City Council directed staff to move forward with exploring the Carillon Parc development as the future home of the Library and a space for performing arts. The City Council has formed the Carillon Parc Public Spaces Steering Committee, which will assist the Council as they consider the public spaces at Carillon Parc.
Mayor John Huffman's Minute with the Mayor video from February 21, 2022, highlights the Library Task Force. The May 2, 2022 Minute with the Mayor video invites the public to attend a Library Task Force Town Hall meeting.
Several articles have been posted on My Southlake News, including:
- "Southlake Library Task Force Works Towards New Public Library"
- "Southlake Library Task Force to Host Two Town Hall Meetings"
- "Second Library Task Force Town Hall Meeting to Take Place May 16"
- "Library Task Force - What's Next?"
- "Library Task Force to Present to City Council on June 7"
- "Council Gives Direction on New Southlake Library"
For more information about the Task Force's work, visit the Charter, FAQs, and the 2021 Library Study links below.
City Council Meeting - June 7, 2022
The Library Task Force presented its work, recommendations, and feedback from the Library Board to the City Council for discussion and consideration at the June 7, 2022 City Council meeting. You can watch a recording of the presentation online.
The online comment card closed on June 6, 2022. Thank you for submitting your comments to the Library Task Force. All comments were provided to City Council for review in advance of the June 7, 2022 City Council meeting.
Library Board Meeting - May 25, 2022
Following the Town Hall meetings, the Library Task Force presented its work and recommendations to the Library Board at their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. You can watch a recording of the May 25th Library Board meeting online.
Town Hall Meetings - May 11 and May 16, 2022
The Library Task Force held two Town Hall meetings on Wednesday, May 11th, and Monday, May 16th. Each evening began with an open house that provided an opportunity for attendees to view materials and visit with Task Force members prior to the meeting. Immediately following the open house, the Library Task Force presented what they've learned, provided their preliminary recommendations, and invited attendees to share their thoughts and comments.
May 11 Town Hall Meeting
During the presentation at the May 11, 2022, Library Task Force Town Hall Meeting, the Task Force announced three possible site options for the new Southlake Public Library: Bicentennial Park, Carillon Parc, and Parkwood Drive (near Southlake Boulevard and Byron Nelson). They also discussed facility priorities and complementary amenities. In case you missed it, you can watch the May 11 meeting online. It includes a presentation given by the Library Task Force and comments from the public.
May 16 Town Hall Meeting
At the May 16 meeting, the Library Task Force presented their work and sought feedback and input from the public. You can watch a recording of the May 16 meeting online.
The online Library Task Force Town Hall comment card was available through Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 5:00 pm and closed for submissions prior to the meeting. The Library Task Force answered questions received through the online Library Task Force Town Hall comment card as of May 13, 2022, in the Library Task Force Town Hall Meeting Online Comment Card Questions and Answers document.