Concept design for new library to be revealed Tuesday

The concept design for a new Newton Public Library building will be revealed for the first time during a joint work session of the Newton City Commission and Newton Public Library Board of Trustees on Tuesday, May 26, at 5 p.m.

In order to facilitate social distancing, the meeting will be held at the Meridian Center, 1420 E. Broadway Ct. The public is encouraged to attend in person, or watch via live video stream at

Peter Bolek speaks to attendees a community meeting held in February. Lots of sticky notes are stuck to the wall behind him.

Architect Peter Bolek, president of HBM Architects, will present the concept design, along with financial estimates. He will also discuss costs and benefits associated with renovation of Newton Public Library’s current building. Discussion among members of the library board and city commission will follow the presentation.

In December, the city commission selected Military Park as the best site for a new library, based on feedback from two community meetings evaluating potential locations. In February, Bolek led two more community meetings seeking public feedback about designs and potential uses of a new building.

“Come see how your comments, suggestions and sticky notes have translated into a concept design for a new NPL building,” Marianne Eichelberger, library director, said.

RSVP and invite your friends via the meeting’s Facebook event page.