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Central Library Consultation – Wed June 25, 7 pm

The RPL Board will be holding a consultation on the future of Central Library on Wednesday June 25, 2014 at 7 pm at Central Library.

This will be a VERY important meeting for members of the public to attend and express their views about the future services and building requirements for Central Library.

  • What do you want in a Central Library?
  • Does wanting to have good library services mean that the current library building  needs to be demolished?
  • Will the library be providing an option for adding onto and renovating the current building?
  • How will the changes be funded? Will there be a public-private partnership?

Please attend and express your thoughts.

Stay tuned for other components of the consultation process, which will continue until September.

 

 

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Library budget at City Council Mon. Feb. 24 at 5:30 pm

The Regina Public Library budget goes before City Council on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

Friends of the Regina Public Library will be making a presentation based on this letter. FRPL to City re RPL budget 2014 – Feb 20 – final

Please attend the City Council meeting to show your support for Friends of the Regina Public Library and for our libraries.

The City Council meeting starts at 5:30. The Library budget is often one the first items discussed.

Letter to Minister of Education re SLTA brief

Last year in the Friends of the Regina Public Library’s submission to City Council regarding the Regina Public Library’s 2013 budget we stated that as our province expands and benefits from newcomers from around the world there is an increased demand for library resources in many languages and to some extent for programs such as literacy training. In addition we commented on the importance of the services related to Aboriginal culture and Aboriginal community members and the importance of Outreach services and other services supporting the use of the library’s materials by people with disabilities.

In the fall of 2013 the Saskatchewan Library Trustees Association presented a brief to the Minister of Education and highlighted the first two of these issues. 2013 Ministers Brief – SLTA

FRPL wrote a supporting letter to the Minister of Education supporting the SLTA request for increased funding for Saskatchewan libraries and additional resources for Aboriginal literacy and English as an Additional Language services, as well as for services related to persons with disabilities. FRPL to Hon. Don Morgan Jan 20, 2014

Library budget on-line for comment

The draft Regina Public Library Budget has been put on the City of Regina website.  It will be going to Executive Committee on Wednesday, January 15th at 11:45 am.

If you want to make a verbal presentation to Executive Committee, you just have to show up and fill in a form.  You will have 10 minutes.

The recommendation is to have it forwarded to the February 24th, 5:30 pm City Council meeting.  If you wish to make a presentation to City Council, you have to provide a written brief of your remarks to the City Clerk’s Office by Thursday, February 20th at 1 pm.  You can email your request and brief to clerks@regina.ca

To see the draft budget go to www.regina.ca/residents/council-committees/meeting-calendar-agenda and then click on the Executive Committee on January 15th and then click on the agenda item EX14-1 on the right hand side and you will either directly see the budget or it will be downloaded to your computer.

Any thoughts on the budget can be sent to FRPL or to your City Councilor if you have concerns or questions.  There is likely going to be a FRPL letter sent to City Council in February.

SLTA brief to the Minister of Education

The Saskatchewan Library Trustees’ Association recently presented a brief to the Minister of Education.

SLTA website http://slta.ca/

Direct link to brief  http://slta.ca/+pub/document/briefs/2013%20Ministers%20Brief.pdf

 

Feb. 19 – Show Your Support for Library Services

The RPL Budget will be discussed at City Council on Tuesday February 19 at 5:30 PM. At that time Council will decide to approve or not approve the Library’s request for a 2.9% mill rate increase. FRPL will be making a presentation about various aspects of the RPL budget. Your attendance will show your support for funding for library services.

Central Library Building Assessment – please review

It’s very important to take a close look at what is being said about the Central Library building! The RPL is planning consultations about new designs in March and people should be well-informed and prepared for these consultations.  The RPL Board continues to say that the building is old and needs to be replaced. Please forward thoughts or comments you have to FRPL.

The Building Assessment about the condition of Central Library building
that FRPL has been requesting for a while has finally been made available on the RPL website http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/?q=node/22 and is also available here. Building%20Assessment%20Summary%20-%20201206

This document has some critical statements about the condition of the building and the potential for adaptive re-use.

“This report was originally prepared in 2009 and has been updated to
reflect the master Program prepared by Resource Planning Group. The
report consists of a facility analysis by P3A as Architects, JC Kenyon
Engineering- Structural, MacPherson Engineering- Mechanical, Ritenburg
and Associates- Electrical, Resource Planning Group- Library Programming
and Functionality. The report reflects the requirements of the Regina
Public Library from a technical and functional perspective and reviews
issues related to building re-use.”