Friends of the Regina Public Library’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday December 10 at 7 pm at the United Way, 1440 Scarth Street. Please enter by the North Entrance off the parking lot. The building is Wheelchair accessible. Find out about the latest developments concerning the revamping of Central Library, North Central Shared Facility and other library services. Give your ideas for the actions needed in the year ahead. Refreshments will be provided – also feel free to bring treats to share! For more information call (306) 535-9570.
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The following is an invitation from the Regina Public Library. Please attend this important event.
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
Central Library – 2311 12th Avenue
2nd Floor, Mezzanine Area
Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome!
For more information, please contact Joan at
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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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
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From: Central Engagement
Date: Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 11:18 AM
Subject: Launch Party at RPL
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.
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
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.
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.
For more information please contact: Rick Fink, Manager, Marketing & Communications, Regina Public Library, Phone: 306.777.6015, Cell: 306.535.8144
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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.
At a recent RPL Board meeting it was stated that consultations on the future of Central Library building would start around June 25 or 26 and have various components over the next 3 or 4 months.
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.”
April 26, 2014 6:51 pm
By Steve Silva Global News
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.