READ Rosemount Chair Josh Nutt made the following presentation to OPL Board.
READ and others already spoke passionately about the need to expand the Rosemount Library at the October board meeting. Rather than rehashing the case for expanding Rosemount, today I want to use my five minutes to talk about how the OPL funds capital projects more broadly.
As urban neighbourhoods intensify, there will be more pressure placed on existing infrastructure. A primary example is the City’s planning rules which call for greater intensification around transit stations. In our neighbourhood around Tunney’s Pasture, it is not uncommon for what was previously a single family home to be replaced with a fourplex. There are even several projects on the go where single lots are being transformed into 20+ unit buildings. While the City’s pro-intensification position is laudable, the City needs to make sure that the necessary supporting infrastructure is in place. This includes a wide variety of hard infrastructure, social services, and libraries. Continue reading Dec 5, 2017: READ Presents to OPL Board on 2018 Budget
Toronto Public Library has opened a sparkling new replacement for the old Albion branch in the Etobicoke area. The new Albion is “a community amenity..The books are still there but so are laptops, 3-D printers, video terminals and digital hubs. Talking and eating are ok but there are quiet study rooms too. Gone are the dimly lit interiors, replaced with open spaces filled with natural light and comfortable furniture.” Designed by Perkins + Will this 26.6 K SF, $15M branch library also “stands out as a unique presence on the streetscape“. Christopher Hume, Toronto Star
Over the past decade, new and renovated public library branches have been showcasing our great Canadian architects and their most spectacular, innovative works. This is the first of a continuing series on stunning new and renovated library branches in Canada. So bookmark them for your travels. You will be inspired and warmly welcomed. The first set in the series includes:
- Brampton (Gore Meadows Community Centre and Library)
- Calgary (Nose Hill branch)
- Edmonton (Jasper Place branch)
- Mississauga (Meadowvale Community Centre and Library)
- Ottawa (Beaverbrook branch)
- Toronto (Scarborough Civic Centre branch)
- Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library) and,
- Waterloo (John M. Harper branch).
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Beaverbrook Branch, Ottawa Public Library
READ Rosemount has written to Mayor Jim Watson and OPL Board Chair/Councillor Tim Tierney to request the City and Library commit to a plan that “will lead to a new Rosemount library that meets the community’s current and future needs.” The Rosemount branch library building (18 Rosemount Ave in Hintonburg/Kitchissippi Ward 15) will be 100 years old in 2018. It is heavily used and loved by the community it serves…but it is too small and only half the size of comparable serving branches. It was expanded in 1932 and the only major renovation was completed in the 1980’s. It has the highest circulation/sq.ft and the third highest number of visitors/sq.ft. of all OPL’s 33 branches. However, it has no public, bookable meeting rooms (25 other branches have such rooms) and vastly fewer seats and public access computers than other branches of comparable activity. It is on the OPL board’s priority list for capital renewal. For further information contact READ Chair, Josh Nutt (firstname.lastname@example.org ) For the full text of the letter click here.
The next meeting of the READ Rosemount group will be:
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Location: Plant Rec Centre Somerset and Preston, 930 Somerset W
Time: 7-9 PM
Chair: Josh Nutt
All members and newcomers welcome
READ Draft Agenda August 15th 2017 | Minutes, July 17th meeting
READ Rosemount continues working throughout the summer.
The next meetings will be:
Monday, July 17, 2017 7-9 pm
Plant Recreation Centre, 930 Somerset St. W., Booth Room
Monday, August 21, 2017 7-9 pm
Plant Recreation Centre, Booth Room
All members and visitors welcome.
Chair: Josh Nutt