From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 12, 1973:
At their weekly meeting, the Lawrence City Commission asked Marlyn Brown to involve some community organizations in the discussion of the fate of the old Carnegie library. Brown, president of the Lawrence Art Guild and the Kaw Valley Weavers Guild, had suggested to commissioners that the space could be used for many youth and art programs. Commissioners, concerned over renovation and utility costs, asked Brown to involve the Community Arts Council, the Lawrence Art Guild, the city parks and recreation department, and school district officials in discussions and to come back with a "concrete proposal" in 30 days on using the building as an arts center. The city had also been told that the Girl Scouts were interested in the space. The city was concerned about how to decide among various requests for use if they did not sell the building.