2017 Carnegie Public Planning Process

Carnegie Interior Planning Session 1


Check out the Timeline for Input, Enlightenment, Brainstorming and Redevelopment!

​Now through July 30, 2017


The community is invited to take part in the Xenia Carnegie Wish Campaign Here!  

"I wish this was a (you name it)" Campaign! Enter YOUR best ideas by taking the survey now -- and as many times as you have good ideas! 

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - Xenia City Council Special Sesson Presentation, HSR, by Heritage Architectural Associates.
     Browse the entire HSR and attachments at the "Community Development Library."  
     Watch the video of the HSR presentation.  
     What is a Historic Structure Report?  A well-prepared historic structure report is an invaluable preservation guide.  Read more. ​
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 1:30-3:00 p.m. - First public meeting and mini-tour of the Carnegie Building. 
      Read Press Release inviting public to the First "Re-imagining Xenia Carnegie Library Meeting. 
     Read  Agenda /Minutes to Meeting #1 at the Xenia Community Library. 

Wednesday, June 21, 6:30 p.m., Second public meeting.  2nd Floor Xenia City Council Chambers, 107 E. Main Street.   For those who were unable to attend the April meeting or the Lunch and Learn 1:00 luncheon held also on June 21st with Mary Ellen Armentrout, Xenia residents had the opportunity to hear Mary Ellen Armentrout describe several of her favorite adaptive re-uses of Carnegie Libraries across Ohio, to hear a re-visit of the Historic Structure Report prepared by Heritage Architectural Associates, and best of all, to give their input directly to City and County officials regarding potential reuses for the Xenia Carnegie.  In addition, the second public input meeting occurred just days into the official Carnegie Wish Campaign that will be open for all ideas until July 30th.  Some great ideas were garnered at this second public meeting. 
​Press Release
   Agenda   Minutes


Wednesday, August 9, 2017, Third public meeting! Xenia Library on E. Market Street, 2:30-4:00 p.m. . Come help the Friends of Carnegie Library prioritize the top 3 suggestions for development of the Xenia Carnegie Library. Flexibility, integrity, public demand, feasibility, potential partners, owner considerations, and desires of the residents and the greater community will be taken into account.  Help by providing your top 3 usages for the Xenia Community Library!  Press Release     Agenda    

September, 2017: DATE TIME AND PLACE TO BE DETERMINED, Planning Wrap-Up.  Heritage Architectural Associates will present three scenarios for redevelopment of the Xenia Carnegie Library. The scenarios will include preliminary design drawings, concept considerations, and an initial estimate of probable cost for the desired end uses. The owner of the building- Greene County, Friends of Xenia Carnegie, the City of Xenia, and all of you will be charged with utilizing our new tools to market and engage THE RIGHT END USE AND DEVELOPERS. Let’s make Xenia Carnegie a thriving, beautiful asset in Greene County for yet another century!  Press Release      Agenda

"Xenia Carnegie Lunch and Learn Summer Brown Bag Series" at the Greene County Historical Society,74 W. Church Street, Xenia, Ohio

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., once again bring your brown bag lunch and join Ryan Ireland,Communications Coordinator for the Greene County Public Library and TEDx talk presenter.  Dr. Ireland will provide an entertaining look at how Carnegie's built libraries affected library systems and our very culture over the past century.  This second Carnegie Lunch and Learn Summer Brown Bag Series will be held at the Greene County Historical Society, 74 W. Church Street, Xenia, OH. Press Release   


Tuesday, May 9, 2017  - A SLOW ROLL ride comprised of bicyclists from the International Trail Symposium rolled by the Xenia Carnegie Library on their trip.  The group stopped and participated in a quick "I WISH THIS WERE A _____"  exercise, and posed for Preservation Month with a "THIS PLACE MATTERS" sign.  A great time was had by all.  

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - KIWANIS PRESENTATION -Xenia Carnegie Friends made a special Xenia Carnegie Library presentation to the Kiwanians!  If you are not a Xenia Kiwanian, be sure to ask your favorite member for a guest invite to hear about what is going on with the Xenia Carnegie Library this summer!   

​Thursday, June 15, 2017, 1:00 -
Kick off of Greene County History Week at Greene County Commission meeting, quick Carnegie presentation to Greene County Commissioners, Greene County Commission Office, 35 Greene Street, Xenia, Ohio 45385.

On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., approximately 30 persons came to the Greene County Historical Society for the Carnegie Lunch and Learn Summer Brown Bag Series.  Author Mary Ellen Armentrout of Columbus, Ohio inspired the group by telling of her experiences writing her book Carnegie Libraries of Ohio: Our Cultural Heritage.  Ms. Armentrout gave specific ideas for potential reuses of the Xenia Carnegie, and entertained the attendees with facts about our own Xenia Carnegie Library -- how it became one of Carnegie's favorite designs, and how it is so worthy of restoration.  The lunch and learn brown bag was held at the Greene County Historical Society, 74 W. Church Street, Xenia, Ohio.   

To see photos, take part in discussions, hear what others are thinking, go to the Xenia Carnegie Library Facebook Page!  

 Let’s make Xenia Carnegie a thriving, beautiful asset in Greene County for yet another century!