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RPL budget at Exec Cttee Oct 28

The RPL Budget will be discussed at the City of Regina Executive Committee on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 11:45 AM at Henry Baker Hall, Main Floor, City Hall.

City of Regina’s recommendation to Executive Committee
“Regina Public Library (RPL)
The Regina Public Library promotes and supports cultural, economic, educational and recreational development in the city through collections, programs and services. Under Section 22(1) of the Public Libraries Act, the Board of the Regina Public Library is required to ask City Council for approval of the mill rate request. The 2016 Library mill rate request is 0.9594. This is a 2.0% increase over the 2015 mill rate”

The budget will then be referred to City Council meeting on December 7th.

To speak at Executive Committee, you do NOT need to send in a submission ahead of time, but simply register at the start of the meeting that you wish to speak.

Submissions/requests to speak at City Council have to be into the City Clerk’s office by 12 noon on Thursday, December 3rd.

For more details, download the Packet for the Executive Committee meeting found at
http://www.regina.ca/…/council-com…/meeting-calendar-agenda/

The RPL budget and discussion of the past year and plans for the year ahead is on pages 20 to 38 of the packet.

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City Council meeting on RPL budget tonight

City Council  will holds its budget meeting this evening at 5:30 pm and the RPL budget and plans for the upcoming year will be part of the discussion.

FRPL will be making a presentation. FRPL to City re RPL budget 2015 – Dec 8 – final

Media release from FRPL. FRPL Release – RPL Budget – Dec 8, 2014 – final

City Council Package including RPL budget and FRPL presentation. City Council Package (RPL Budget) Dec 8, 2014

If you cannot attend in person, the Council meeting will be broadcast live on Access Communications.

The Council meeting agenda and the package with the RPL budget and the FRPL presentation are also located here. “View Meeting Calendar, Agendas and Decisions”. http://www.regina.ca/residents/council-committees/meeting-calendar-agenda/

 

RPL Budget at City Council Dec 8 – your thoughts?

The budget of the Regina Public Library will be before City Council on Monday December 8. The meeting starts at 5:30 pm in the main Council chambers

The RPL’s request for an increase in its mill rate to support a 2.7 percent increase will be either approved or not approved by City Council.

The budget is contained in this document that was submitted to teh Executive Committee.

Exec Ctte re RPL budget Nov 12, 2014

FRPL will be making a submission about the budget – if you have any thoughts or ideas on the budget, please forward them to FRPL via the contact listed on this website.

RPL Budget to Exec Ctte Nov 12

The RPL budget and related request for a mill rate increase from the Library Board goes before City Council’s Executive Committee on Wednesday Nov 12 at 11:45 am.
See the meeting agenda and the budget here.
http://www.regina.ca/…/council-com…/meeting-calendar-agenda/

If you wish to make a presentation to Executive Committee you do not have to pre-register. Just attend the meeting and sign in at the beginning of the meeting to make a presentation. (On the other hand, presentations to City Council meetings must be booked in advance.) The budget will go before City Council for approval of the mill rate increase in December.

The budget contains highlights of the past year and the RPL’s priorities for the year ahead – worth the read! (Only 10 pages.)
Past year activities:
– Glen Elm, Dunlop & Children’s upgrades
– Literacy Cafe and family literacy kits in several languages
– HOOPLA and digital film theatre

Upcoming:
– 2.7% mill rate increase
– commitment to North Central Shared Facility continues,
– Central Library “a new, vibrant, modern gathering place in downtown Regina. A new Central Library will become a distinguishing city landmark, an anchor for downtown activity,and a model of sustainability”
– [branches] will look more like a bookstore than a traditional library
– budget for capital and operating expenses for IT and Collections has increased….there is a strong demand not only for physical books, CDs,and DVDs, but also electronic information sources, downloadables, and streaming resources
– Makerspace conference November 28-29,
– new Service Plan to be developed
– Development Manager hired to lead fund-raising campaign for new Central Library

RPL consultations “Launch Party” June 25th

June 25th – RPL Consultation. More details about the event on the 25th. Please plan to attend! Note that you are supposed to RSVP to Shari Uhersky, Central Engagement <centralengagement (at) reginalibrary.ca> 306-519-6866

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Central Engagement
Date: Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 11:18 AM
Subject: Launch Party at RPL
Good Morning,
Regina Public Library (RPL) is pleased to invite you to take part in an exciting event occurring this Wednesday, June 25th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at RPL’s Central Library. As a supporter, neighbour and friend of RPL, your support and advice is important to us. That’s why we’d like to invite you to participate in a special launch event for our public engagement process.
Please RSVP at your earliest convenience. Thank you.
Sincerely,
Shari Uhersky
Central Engagement
306-519-6866
Details
Wednesday, June 25 | 7:00-9:00 pm | Central Library
7:00 pm – Hear from a nationally renowned library futurist and award-winning architect on 21st Century libraries, and the vital role they play in city-building and community prosperity.
8:00 pm – Ask questions and offer your input.
Kid’s activities (ages 4-13) and refreshments | Everyone is welcome!
Learn more about this public process here: www.reginalibrary.ca/centralengagement
Speakers
Ken Roberts is a former Chief Librarian and member of the Royal Society of Canada’s Expert Panel on the Future of Libraries. He is a children’s literature author and award-winning writer for television and comedic plays, and has received both the Canadian Library Association’s Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award and the Ontario Public Library Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bruce Haden is a principal and architect at the design firm, DIALOG, where he recently led the design of a new library in Vancouver that incorporates YWCA housing. His projects are diverse, ranging from public buildings to First Nations projects. Bruce led the design of the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos, which won a 2008 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture.

It is an exciting time for the Central Library. The Regina Public Library Board is exploring how the Central Library will look and function in the 21st Century, and we are embarking on a city-wide public dialogue to help…
reginalibrary.ca

RPL consultation process media release

Regina Public Library Central Library Development Process

 Jun. 6, 2014

Regina, SK – Regina Public Library (RPL) is pleased to announce the hiring of the public engagement firm, DIALOG, for the Board’s public consultations regarding the future of the city’s downtown Central Library. In addressing the challenges facing the Library, the RPL Board and Executive are re-engaging the public to talk about their needs and aspirations for their Library system, and their Central Library, as fundamental in properly preparing for the future.

The public consultation process will begin with key stakeholder consultations followed by full public engagement taking place later in June, and throughout the summer and early fall. A launch event for the public consultations will be held June 25th at Central Library for the media and the public to ask questions and get engaged.

“It is a great privilege to work with people who have such a passion for their work and understand the challenges before them, but also embrace input from the community. That means opening up a dialogue with the people who support them and the people they serve,” said Jennifer Fix, DIALOG Spokesperson.

DIALOG is a Vancouver-based company working with partners who have developed a specialty in library system public engagement through their acclaimed efforts with Vancouver Public Library and Calgary Public Library. DIALOG will now assist RPL in plotting a course for the future.

“Engaging the staff, stakeholders and public on the future of the Central Library is incredibly important to RPL and we’re pleased to work with DIALOG on this part of the project. This is a very exciting time for the Library,” said Darryl Lucke, Chair of the RPL Board of Directors.

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For more information please contact: Rick Fink, Manager, Marketing & Communications, Regina Public Library, Phone: 306.777.6015, Cell: 306.535.8144

From http://www.reginalibrary.ca/blogs/media/blogs/press/RPL_MR_CLD_Dialog.pdf

Also posted at http://slta.ca/news-events/item/?n=305

 

Regina Public Library “Friends” celebrate milestone

Friends of the Regina Public Library

April 26, 2014 6:51 pm

Regina Public Library “Friends” celebrate milestone

By Steve Silva  Global News

Video http://globalnews.ca/video/1293779/evening-news-apr-26-5

Friends of the Regina Public Library celebrate in Unitarian Centre Saturday afternoon.

Matt Myers / Global News

REGINA – Friends of the Regina Public Library celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the day the city voted to save three libraries from closure, Saturday afternoon.

“I owe these people so much because they gave me so much. Sorry, I’m getting a little choked up about that,” said a slightly emotional Vanessa Thorson, who participated in the celebrations over Skype at the Unitarian Centre.

Thorson, who now lives in Yukon, and several others, birthed the group in response to the city’s plan to close the Glen Elm, Connaught, and Prince of Wales branches in November of 2003.

“We met, probably three or four times a week,” said Thorson.

City council eventually voted to fund the libraries, keeping them open.

The funding came after multiple protests, and a petition with 26,000 signatures.

“I’m very shy, but I knew I had to do it. I just had to do it,” said Catherine Verrall, who protested with the group.

Verrall got about 2,000 of the signatures, beating anyone else involved in the cause.

“I’m quite passionate about community, and I think the library is really, it’s really the heart of the community,” she said.

The sentiment was echoed at the event by those who haven’t used libraries for as long a lifetime.

“You don’t have to go there to read, it’s kind of a nice atmosphere in that sense,” said Candis Froess, a history student at the University of Regina.

Froess hopes to get into a library studies master’s program after graduation.

She’s attended the celebration to learn more about the group’s accomplishments.

“I just think what they did was pretty impressive, and I’m happy that they did it because it might set an example for other communities,” she said.

Since the victory, the group’s mission has evolved.

“In a broad sense, it brings the awareness of the public libraries to the community and how valued they are in the community, and why we need to keep them,” said Jim Elliot, a board member of the group.

And while there is always worry for what the future may bring, the group believes it’s ready.

“The Regina Public Library Board knows there’s always somebody that’s going to be watching them, and making them accountable,” said Thorson.

http://globalnews.ca/news/1293761/regina-public-library-friends-celebrate-milestone/