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FRPL at Cathedral Arts Festival Sat May 25

FRPL will once again have a table at the

Cathedral Village Arts Festival, Saturday May 25.

Set-up about 9 am. Fair opens 10 am to 5 pm.


Anyone having a little time to volunteer at the table, or set-up, please send us a message. on our Contact page.

Or just drop by and have a visit!


RPL P3 Canada application available

In June 2011 the RPL applied to the P3 Canada (Public Private Partnership) fund for the large redevelopment of Central Library Building.  The application form has finally been made publicly available on the RPL website.  http://www.reginalibrary.ca/cld/?q=node/23 and is available on the FRPL website. Regina Public Library – Application Form with Supplementary Notes – Round 3

The RPL has since withdrawn this application from the  P3 Canada fund process, because the Masonic Temple property was not available. But it is still very useful to read it for the plans that were there, since aspects may be used in the next design for Central Library.

Is it possible that they might reapply in the future?

RPL Strategic Plan – 2011 and Beyond

The Strategic Plan is an important part of setting the budget and determining future use of the Central Library Building, as well as goals for operations and services. It is very worthwhile to see what the RPL is aiming to accomplish and how it is described.

“RPL – A New Direction – Setting the Course Looking Ahead: 2011 and Beyond”

This is available here stratplan2011 or on the About Us page of the RPL website http://www.reginalibrary.ca/about/index.html

All Candidates Forum – Sept 25

On October 24, Reginans go to the polls to elect our new Mayor and City Councillors.Make your voice heard
at the municipal election All-Candidates Forum

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
7:00 – 9:00 pm
FREE AdmissionLocation: Regina Christian School – 2505 23rd Ave (at Albert St., in gymnasium)
Moderator: Mitch Diamantopoulos, Department Chair, University of Regina School of JournalismCome learn where mayoral and city council candidates from all wards stand on important local issues – affordable housing, food security, public transit, and more.7:00 – 8:00 pm: Mayoral candidate forum. Bring written questions for Regina’s potential mayors to answer!

8:00 – 9:00 pm: All-candidates meet and greet. Meet the mayoral candidates and city council candidates from all city wards.

Sponsored by Clean Green Regina, Friends of Regina Public Library, Making Peace Vigil, Queen City Tenants Association, Real Food Regina, Real Renewal, Regina Anti-Poverty Network, Regina and District Labour Council, and Regina Citizens Public Transit Coalition.

Eventbrite: http://electionforum.eventbrite.ca/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/143149345828948/

Plan B at Library Board June 26

We are before the Regina Public Library Board again on Tuesday, June 26th at 4:30 pm to ask the Library Board more questions.
This is their last public meeting until the Fall. 
Please consider coming out and seeing what they have to say. 
Arrive early as there is limited seating and the meeting starts promptly at 4:30 pm.  The Board meeting is in the 2nd Floor Boardroom of the Central Library.

Masons to stay

The Masons have just announced that they will not sell the Masonic Temple – they will be staying in their building.

FRPL continues to question Library Board

 On Tuesday, May 22nd, The Friends of the Regina Public Library (FRPL) will once again ask the Library Board for more information about the plans for Central Library, and is challenging the Board’s assertion that it has held extensive public consultation.

“We are aware that there have been private discussions with organizations and with City Council members about Central Library, but these have not been shared with the public,” said Joanne Havelock, chair of the Friends of the Public Library. “What does the Library Board consider public consultations to be?”

FRPL is also recommending changes to the Library Board’s meeting process. In recent years, the public meeting has become brief, with the majority of the Board’s discussion held after the public meeting is adjourned. “Accepted practice is that human resources and contract negotiations are reviewed in camera, but other business topics could be discussed in the public meeting,” said Ms. Havelock.  “This would make library governance more democratic, giving the public the opportunity to know what decisions are being made and why.”

The Friends is also requesting that the Board’s meeting agenda be posted in advance on the RPL’s website, and that minutes be posted in a timely manner.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Boardroom of the Regina Public Library. It is open to the public.

City’s P3 Policy

On March 21, 2012 FRPL made a presentation  to the City’s Executive Committee and then to City Council on March 26 expressing concerns about a new procurement policy for public-private partnerships.

The City’s Policy cr12-30 – City’s P3 purchasing policy

FRPL letter de12-27 – FRPL – purchasing policy

CUPE Saskatchewan Division presentation de12-26 CUPE presentation – purchasing policy

CUPE locals 7 & 21 presentation cupe7-21-brief – purchasing policy

City decisions cc0326-public-decisions – March 26, 2012

LeaderPost article “P3 funding alternative approved” http://www.leaderpost.com/news/funding+alternative+approved/6370168/story.html

Prairie Dog article “P3 or not P3?” http://www.prairiedogmag.com/archive/?id=1185

April 24 RPL Board meeting

We will be back at RPL Board on April 24 at 4:30 pm to try again for answers to our concerns about the planning process around Central Branch upgrades.

Please attend and show your interest in this important issue.

The meeting starts promptly at 4:30, so please try to arrive a bit earlier for seating.

Response at March 27 meeting

On March 27 FRPL made a presentation to the Library Board, asking for more information about the Central Branch project. We had hoped for a dialogue or sharing of information. But our concerns were referred to the Library Administration for a response.

Letters submitted

The following are articles and letters to the editor concerning the March 27 meeting.

We asked for information the following:

  • detailed reasons for needing an upgrade to Central Branch;
  • a cost analysis of the upgrades needed to Central Branch;
  • the space needs for current and future essential library services;
  • the range of funding possibilities (in addition to public private partnerships);
  • the application process leading to the choice of a developer;
  • more details about the proposal submitted to the P3 Canada fund;
  • public discussion about the heritage value of the Masonic Temple and the Central Library Building, and
  • the design options that have been considered for adaptive reuse of these heritage buildings

A letter from the Library Director dated April 17, 2012 arrived after FRPL had met the formal deadline for making a submission to the April 24 meeting. Jeff_Barber_Letter_-_April_17,_2012