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Review to determine fate of Lorne Street branch library

By Emma Graney, The Leader-Post May 26, 2014  

But for now, Regina Public Library is just looking for an engineering review of the Lorne Street branch, the results of which will play a role in determining the building’s fate.

Jeff Barber, library director and CEO, said information on the public consultations will likely be released in the next couple of weeks.

First up, he said, the building has to be assessed. The library released a request for proposals (RFP) on Friday, asking a firm to “establish a minimum-cost baseline as (the library) reviews options to refurbish, renovate or replace the existing building.”

The contract will be awarded in July.

Despite the wording in the RFP, which certainly doesn’t rule out the possibility of a new library, Barber insisted “this isn’t about building a new building.

“We’re looking at this more of an update on the construction and status of the building,” he said.

“There has been a concern of the state of the building for quite some time.”

Barber named poor insulation and a roof and windows that need replacing as issues the branch needs to conquer.

A 2010 Regina Public Library report also listed off numerous criticisms of the central branch, from the size of the elevator to issues with the circulation desk, the ventilation and acoustics of the puppet theatre and the general layout and usage of the building.

That led to the development of grand plans for a new Cultural Centre Redevelopment Project, which would have housed a new Central Library branch, the Globe Theatre, restaurants, retail stores, a museum and a hotel. Although there were public consultations about the development, the Friends of the Library group criticized the project and accused the library board of a lack of transparency.

In the end the project was kiboshed after the Masons voted against selling their historic Masonic Temple, which is adjacent to the downtown library and was critical to the redevelopment plans.

Barber said the information from this new engineering review would “form part of the decision-making process for the board in the fall.”

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10th Anniversary of Library Closure Announcement

It has been ten years since the past director and previous Board of the Regina Public Library announced the library closures.

KEY FRPL DATES

Wednesday, November 26, 2003 – RPL announced closure of Prince of Wales, Connaught and Glen Elm Branches of the Library, the Dunlop Art Gallery and Prairie History Room.

Sunday, November 30, 2003 – First Friends of the Regina Public Library meeting at RPL Film Theatre.

December 5, 2003 – First FRPL public rally in front of Central Library and then march to City Hall..

December 10, 2003 – Launch of petition at the Cathedral Area Community Association. The petition requested a referendum to ask for sufficient funding to prevent the closures.

On March 5, 2004 – Petition delivered to City Hall, with 26,048 signatures

April 13, 2004 – City Council meeting for the presentation of the Library budget

April 26, 2004 – City Hall demonstration and Council meeting. Amended budget presented keeping libraries at status quo for that year

August, 2004 – New Library Board Chair, announced that all services would be maintained, pending further public consultations

September, 2004 – First FRPL AGM.

 

FRPL AGM Oct 19

The FRPL Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday October 19 at 1:30 pm at the Craft Room of the Core Ritchie Neighbourhood Centre, 445 – 14th Avenue.

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.

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.

RPL first online survey re Central Library complete

The RPL Board has just completed its survey about Central Library services and upgrade of the building.

 We have been told by the library that a total of 815 interviews were conducted. 601 were completed by telephone, 210 online. The telephone respondents were generated by calling active numbers drawn from a list purchased commercially from a company that aggregates numbers from published sources. The online responses were generated by e-mailing addresses Praxis maintains. The e-mail addresses come from individuals interviewed in earlier telephone surveys, or who have been recruited periodically and who indicate they are willing to receive surveys.

A survey for patrons to fill out should be available soon – so keep your eyes open at the Library Branches and at the Library website.