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Oceanside Library to host virtual presentation on 'Vision 2020' tonight


The Oceanside Library will host a Vision 2020 project update via a virtual Zoom session Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m.

During the video conference, the library staff and project architect will go over the 2020-21 library budget, and provide a complete presentation on Vision 2020 that will answer residents' questions.

The library board voted 7-0 on Jan. 15 to approve putting a $33.5 million bond to a vote to fund repairs, and library officials announced that they are moving ahead with the plan during the pandemic for several reasons. They include low interest rates, creating jobs, meeting the space and repair needs of the library and preparing the facility for the future.

“We wanted to take this opportunity to reimagine the library in the way we’re using it now and the way it’s likely to be used in the next 10 to 20 years,” Tony Iovino, the library’s director of community services, told the Herald in January.. “Looking at what the future of the library is, libraries kind of need to reinvent themselves every 20 to 30 years.”

For a full recap of the details of the project, click here.

Vision 2020 will be part of the 2020-21 Oceanside School District's budget vote, and listed as Proposition 3. Ballots for the vote will be mailed to residents on May 22, and because of the coronavirus pandemic, they must be mailed back to the district office by 5 p.m. on June 9.