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RPL survey – discussion of implications – Tues. Aug. 13

 Friends of the Regina Public Library will be holding a meeting to discuss:

– the RPL survey questions

– the implications of the survey for library services

– the implications of the survey for library facilities

– the implications of the survey for Central Library

– the potential for upcoming release of designs and consultations

– what about people who can’t fill in an on-line survey & timing of the survey over summer

– actions to be taken

Tuesday August 13, 2013

7:00 to 9:00 pm

Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre, 2900 – 13th Ave, Regina

The RPL Board’s survey is located at http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld

RPL survey – important considerations

What’s in the Survey?

Satisfaction with:

  • RPL services and importance of services in all Branches
  • Parking around Central Library – possibly leading to a costly underground parkade, and certain demolition of the current building

In an upgraded or new Central Library building, possible inclusion of:

  • educational and cultural services
  • access to public computers/technology
  • meeting spaces, conference facilities
  • museum, theatre, entertainment facilities
  • coffee shop
  • retail stores, grocery store
  • offices and condos

When filling out the survey consider:

  • services that are part of our library system that should be continued
  • new services that would contribute to literacy of all kinds
  • need to locate services in Central Library, requiring a much larger space
  • much larger facility would likely lead to a presumed need for a public-private partnership to pay for costs

See the RPL survey at http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld

RPL survey – input on services and buildings

RPL Survey on until August 31, 2013

The online survey is intended to give input to the Regina Public Library Board about programs, services and facilities that Central Library and the Branches provide to their patrons. http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/

The Friends see Central Library as more than simply another branch but as an historic provider of the Children’s Branch, Dunlop Art Gallery, Film Theatre and Prairie History Room as part of the basics of the library system.  For 51 years, these have been a valuable part of Regina’s libraries and need to be kept.  An underground parkade, or other major additional demands will likely lead to demolishment of the current heritage modernist building.

The survey doesn’t ask about keeping the current building – put ideas on this and other topics in the last question. Please fill out the survey.  Pass this on to your friends.

If you can’t do the survey on-line call the RPL (306) 777-6000 or the Friends (306) 535-9570.

RPL Survey – response neeeded soon

The Regina Public Library has an on-line survey about library services and in particular about Central Library. This will be used in planning services and for the upgrade of the current Central Library Building / demolishment of the current building and construction of a new building. And for planning future library services. All who are interested in the library are strongly urged to fill in this questionnaire by the end of August. http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/

Perhaps copies could be printed and given to people who don’t have access to a computer.

 

Presentation to RPL Board – June 25, 2013

Friends of the Regina Public Library

Presentation to the Regina Public Library Board, June 25, 2013

Friends of the Regina Public Library would like to bring forward some questions about the planning to upgrade Central Library.

1. When will the patron survey be occurring, what type of questions will it ask, how will it be conducted?

2. When will consultations be held on the Central Library? What kind of consultation process will the RPL be using? In addition to the on-line survey, will there be a single public meeting or a series of meetings? How will participants be able to share their views?

3. Will the RPL Board publicly confirm whether it is currently pursuing any options for renovating /adding on to the current library building?

4. Based on public interest that has been expressed, FRPL would like to repeat its request we would request that the architects prepare a design for renovation and expansion of the current Central Library building. From the Building Assessment report this is not only possible, but more cost-effective and would preserve the heritage of the current modernist building.

5. Is the Library Board thinking of submitting a new proposal to the P3 Canada Fund at any time? Would this be done for the June 30, 2013 deadline?

The survey done by FRPL found that there was some awareness about the plans at the time to demolish the Central Library building at Lorne and 12th Ave. and replace it with a multi-use facility containing private businesses in addition to a library. Almost 90 percent of respondents stated that they cared if the Central Library building was demolished. Ninety-nine percent said it was important to them that the Central Library building remains publicly owned. Ninety nine percent were concerned that they had not received details of plans to enter into a public private partnership. The majority of people (79%) were concerned with how the project would affect their taxes.

The Design Regina process has developed the following goals that would also support retaining the heritage of the modernist Central Library building.

Goal #1 – Conserving Heritage and Supporting Cultural Development

Conserve cultural heritage and support cultural development to enhance quality of life and strengthen community identity and cohesion.

8.1 Build partnerships and work collaboratively with community groups, other levels of government, and the private and voluntary sectors to encourage cultural development opportunities.

8.2 Collaborate with partners to encourage awareness and understanding of cultural resources and cultural heritage.

8.3 Identify, evaluate, conserve and enhance cultural heritage to improve quality of life and reinforce a sense of place.

8.4 Develop a framework of representative heritage themes that reflects our cultural identity and the diverse values of residents.

8.5 Ensure that the list of historic places recognized within the Heritage Property Register and Heritage Holding Bylaw adequately represents of the themes in the framework;

8.6 Require a cultural resource and heritage assessment to recognize historic places in new greenfield development and intensification at the City’s discretion;

8.7 Identify, and prioritize and develop locations that provide a sense of arrival and departure into significant cultural landscapes.

8.8 Refine the municipal financial incentive policies and programs to encourage the conservation of historic places.

Goal #4 – Culture and Heritage Planning

Ensure a practice of culture and heritage planning in the city.

8.15 Consider cultural resources and heritage implications in all areas of municipal planning and decision-making.

8.16 Protect, conserve and enhance historic places in accordance with the “Standards and Guidelines for Historic Places in Canada”.

This is an opportunity for the Regina Public library to make a name for itself in respecting heritage and culture to produce a design that would be well-supported in the community and we would hope that you are able to take advantage of this opportunity.

Thank you for the opportunity to make this presentation.

We would be pleased to engage in further discussion on these topics.

Exciting Goings-On At Central Library

Exciting Goings-On At Central Library

By on June 11, 2013in Art, Music, News, Regina

Play

I was out for a stroll tonight after we put the June 13 issue to bed and discovered that one of the elements in the interactive installation that Jeff Morton and Kathleen Irwin are presenting at the Dunlop Art Gallery called Play is up and running. You can find more about the show, which has an opening reception at the Dunlop Friday at 7 p.m., here.

Masonic Temple Wins Heritage Award

Saving Regina Masonic Temple brings an award

 By Will Chabun, Leader-Post June 1, 2013

Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/news/Saving+Regina+Masonic+Temple+brings+award+with+gallery/8512624/story.html

Don Ford, president of the board of directors of the Regina Masonic Temple at 1930 Lorne Street in Regina SK on June 11, 2013.  The organization is receiving an award for architectural heritage today in regards to the building´s gorgeous architecture.

May 4 – Jane’s Walk at Central Library

Central Library RPL:  Beauty + Utility

Guided by: Bernie Flaman, Florence Stratton, Martin Gourlie, Jeannie Mah, and perhaps others

Saturday, May  4th

4:00 PM, 1.5 hours, Central Library, 12th Avenue and Lorne Street, front steps

The Modernist Central Library has just celebrated its 50th birthday.   To celebrate the beauty and usefulness of this building which we love, we have gathered a few people to talk about a specific part of the architecture of Central Library that touches them, a special place within the library that they love, or a library service that they could not live without. In the spirit of  Jane’s Walk, we welcome contributions from the audience. We hope that this chorus of individual voices singing the praises of Central RPL will reinforce the importance and significance of this distinctive modernist public building in the downtown cultural and architectural landscape of Regina.  We will conclude with a 5 pm tour of the exterior of the Masonic Temple next door with one of the Masons.

More information about other Jane’s Walks in Regina http://www.janeswalk.net/index.php/walks/canada/regina/

 

RPL Survey re Central on Now

The Regina Public Library is currently conducting a survey about library services and trying to gauge support for the amenities that they would like to see connected to an upgraded Central Library.

Apparently it is quite a long survey, one person interviewed said there were questions like :

Do you think there should be a movie theatre or restaurant nearby?
Do you think it should be located within a mall? Near a shopping centre?
It would be interesting to know what the questions are.
The library is also conducting some targeted on-line surveys and will do a patrons survey in the future.
One  hopes that the questions keep all of the options open, including the renovation, rather than the deomolition, of the modernist Central Library, which the majority of people contacted in our FRPL survey said they would prefer.

P3 Funding – CCPA Article

The article noted below highlights that the cities aren’t necessarily keen on getting the federal P3 Canada funding because of the implications of the loss of control and higher amounts for interest.  This reluctance was expressed by some City of Regina councilors when the potential PPP funding for Central Library and for the wastewater treatment plan were discussed. The councilors were not necessarily totally enthusiastic about the funding but felt that they would be seen as negligent and irresponsible by Regina taxpayers if the Library Board/City didn’t apply for the funding.

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In the April CCPA Monitor there is an article by David Macdonald entitled Flaherty’s 2013 Budget actually cuts infrastructure funding. The article notes that the recent federal budget has reduced infrastructure funding from $1.25 billion (annually) to $210 million and that the majority of the funding will not be issued for another seven years.
Apparently many cities don’t like the way the  joint public and private participation requires them to give control to the corporate partners and that long-term projects will incur more interest.