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Bothwell expansion design review open house Oct 23, 24 and 27th

Please attend these open houses organized by the RPL and contribute your ideas. Forward your thoughts to us at FRPL as well. Thanks!

  • Fri. Oct. 23, 4 to 6 pm
  • Sat. Oct 24, 11 am to 1 pm
  • Tues Oct 27, 1 to 3 pm

From RPL main page, scrolling events http://www.reginalibrary.ca/

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FROM RPL website http://www.reginalibrary.ca/pdf/Patron_Info_Sheet.pdf

George Bothwell Branch – Renovation & Expansion

What are we doing?

Regina Public Library (RPL) is making changes to the George Bothwell Branch to improve our ability to meet community expectations and deliver our programs and services well into the future. This branch, which opened in 1994, is one of our busiest with about 200,000 visits per year and serves the growing population of south Regina as well as many people who travel from other parts of the city to the Southland Mall.
Why are we renovating?
RPL is committed to ongoing renewal of our branches and to our customer base at George Bothwell. With a 20-year history of great service in its current location, it is time to create a 21st Century Library that is functional, flexible, inspiring, inviting, and welcoming to all. We want the space to respect the diversity of the community, to be a place that nurtures learning, creativity and curiosity, and also provides a place for refuge comfort and tranquility.
What have we done to date?
RPL has undertaken public consultations through which we defined a set of principles to guide our work to design the branch for the 21st Century. We have used these principles to prepare a conceptual design that we believe addresses our service needs for the foreseeable future, introduces many new features, and provides the flexibility to evolve as community needs change.
How can you contribute?
We want to hear your thoughts about our current space as well as our new design:
  • What is your favorite aspect of the existing branch?
  • What group of users do you feel is currently under served at the branch?
  • Which spaces/services are you most excited about in the new design?
  • What is most exciting about the expanded space?
What are the key features of the new design?
  • Better connection to the mall with a store front and more windows to see in.
  • Balance between quiet, reflective space and areas to meet and socialize.
  • Children’s area with natural light that is well separated from quiet reading areas.
  • Addition of after-hours access for large meeting spaces.
  • Dedicated space for young adults.
  • Improved washroom facilities.
  • New furniture to improve comfort, and a café space near the mall entrance.
  • Introduction of the Idea Shop: a creative space for the community and library staff.
  • Flexible and responsive spaces throughout the branch including program rooms which can be opened up to the rest of the space.
  • Strong technology support for people with their own devices as well as those using the library’s technologies.

Public meeting comments on Central Library reports

FRPL’s public meeting brought forward a number of points of discussion regarding the RPL’s recent reports on the Central Library upgrade.

FRPL mtg re reports on Central, June 9, 2015

Consultation & building assessment reports available on-line now

Links to the Dialog consultations report and the Group Two building assessment report are available here.
http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/

Leader Post article
http://www.leaderpost.com/…/Regina+libr…/10919215/story.html

Central building conditions & consultation to be discussed

Central Library will be discussed at the RPL Board meeting, Tuesday March 24 at 4:30 pm, second floor Boardroom.

– Jennifer Fix of DIALOG will be making a presentation about the consultation process this summer.

– An engineering firm will be making a presentation on their assessment of the physical condition of the library building.

Please attend if you can.

Please try to get there about 4:15 so seating can be arranged if there are a lot of people attending.

The Dialog report should be available on-line shortly after the Board meeting. Most likely at this webapge: http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld

And could be at this site that has the Dialog consultation process material from 2014 http://www.reginalibrary.ca/centralengagement

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/

 

Central – Open House – Thurs Sept 18

The following is an invitation from the Regina Public Library. Please attend this important event.

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You spoke and we listened!

The Regina Public Library is nearing the end of a four-month community engagement process regarding your 21st Century Central Library.  You are invited to drop by a come-and-go open house on September 18th, to learn “what we heard” from the citizens of Regina.

 Participants are also welcome to offer further input.

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE:  Your 21st Century Central Library 

                              Thursday, September 18th

                              5:00-8:00 pm

                              Central Library – 2311 12th Avenue

                              2nd Floor, Mezzanine Area

 Refreshments will be served.  Everyone is welcome!

For more information, please contact Joan at

jniedermayer (at) reginalibrary.ca

306.777.6150

LP article – Library launches new round of consultations

 

Library launches new round of consultations
 Darryl Lucke poses at Central Branch of the Regina Public Library in Regina, Sask. on Tuesday June 24, 2014. The RPL will be holding public consultations on the future of the downtown library.

Photograph by: Michael Bell, Regina Leader-Post

REGINA — Regina Public Library is launching a Take 2 of sorts for the Central Library’s revitalization, engaging residents in another round of public consultations intended to move the main branch into the 21st century.

“It’s time to go back and say ‘What do the people of Regina actually want? What’s important?’” said Regina Public Library board of directors chair Darryl Lucke.

On Wednesday, the library is launching a series of public consultations that will drag into the fall. The hope, said Lucke, is to fashion a vision for an updated library that will serve the community for the next half-century.

This visioning process couldn’t come soon enough. At 50 years old, the library is already showing its age. The windows, roof and heating system need replacing. It’s too small, and existing programming — not to mention future needs — have outgrown what space is available.

But this consultation is about a lot more than repairs.

Dialog, a Vancouver-based public engagement firm behind reinventions of the Vancouver and Calgary public libraries, has been hired to lead the public consultations.

“Central libraries help revitalize downtown areas as long as they’re designed in a way that keeps them as a destination, and as long as they look like something that people are exceptionally proud of and they become iconic,” said Ken Roberts, a consultant with Dialog who tracks global library trends.

To accomplish that task, Roberts said libraries need to not only consider esthetics but their function. In 2014, that means a strong focus on digital offerings and digital workspaces. It also entails providing more meeting and collaborative spaces, as well as appealing to the “creative side of people’s lives”: Building music, art and video rooms, for example.

The public consultations, which will involve in-person sessions such as Wednesday’s at the Central Library at 7 p.m., online surveys and mobile polling units at summertime events, will attempt to engage both current and potential library users.

Roberts said the main challenge of libraries nowadays is not the long-lamented decline of the printed book but the perception that libraries’ only purpose is to provide paperbacks.

“What we’re about is enabling discovery,” he said.

The library’s last attempt at reinvention perhaps took that multi-purpose role too far. The Cultural Centre Redevelopment Project envisioned a combined new Central Library, Globe Theatre, restaurants, stores, museum and hotel.

The Friends of Regina Public Library opposed the idea and criticized what it considered the board of director’s non-transparent approach.

“We’re cautiously optimistic that the library board is making more of an effort to communicate with the public,” said Joanne Havelock, Friends of Regina Public Library chair, of this round of consultations.

The group’s primary concern remains the preservation of the existing building. While it’s looking forward to upgrades to the current structure to meet users’ needs, Havelock said she fears the bigger the project, the more likely it becomes a public-private partnership.

The library currently has a request for proposals out for tender on the price tag of remedial work required for the building — a contract that doesn’t eliminate the possibility of entirely replacing the library. The engineering review contract will be awarded in July.

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