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Winter Springs is working toward possible library

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Winter Springs is possibly getting its own library after a surprise announcement Monday night made it clear the city’s already been working with the county on it.

“[Deputy City Manager Casey Howard] and I have been in discussions with architects and engineers with the county to bring Winter Springs its first and only public library,” Winter Springs City Manager Shawn Boyle said as an unexpected footnote to his manager’s report at the end of the City Commission meeting.

“The footprint is not a small footprint,” he said, describing an approximately 35,000-square-foot, “full-service library.”

“I think the county has recognized that there are some holes, as the architect described, in the network of libraries in the county,” Boyle said.

Howard said that there are no preliminary drawings or renderings of the potential library yet, and that the project “is still in the early stages of the county expanding their library system to increase the square footage of library services in the county.”

“This is something we’ve been talking about for a long time,” Deputy Mayor Kevin Cannon said.

“We’re family- and kid-central. We’ve got a boatload of schools right here in the city. I mean it makes sense.”

“We will be coming forth with more details in the near term,” Boyle said.

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