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Dec 5, 2017: READ Presents to OPL Board on 2018 Budget

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

OPL Makes important decision on Rosemount library Oct 10

What?  On October 10: The Ottawa Public Library Board is scheduled to make an important decision about the future of the Rosemount Library.
A consultant will present a business case that examines options to renovate Rosemount or build a new Rosemount at a nearby site. OPL staff will also make a presentation and recommendations. The Board will then discuss the options and vote on the recommendations before them.
READ will make a presentation urging the OPL to commit to building a new, larger library that will meet the community’s current and future needs. READ strongly supports choosing a nearby site, such as an expansion of the Hintonburg Community Centre.
When? Tuesday October 10th, 2017 at 5:00pm
Where? Ottawa City Hall-Champlain Room  110 Laurier Avenue
What you can do?  Come out to the meeting and show your support! Check out our Facebook event  for updates.
Rosemount Exterior Jun ’17
Rosemount interior
Rosemount Exterior, 18 Rosemount

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PRESS RELEASE Yarn Bomb at Rosemount Library


Today the Rosemount Expansion and Development (READ) group “yarn bombed” the Rosemount Avenue Branch of the Ottawa Public Library with an installation piece, Rosemont Yarns.

In the lead up to the public consultations regarding the future of the Rosemount Library, knitters from across Kitchissippi Ward and the city have created over one hundred and seventy-five knitted books and hearts to illustrate their their library. The Rosemount Yarns installation demonstrates the community’s love of reading, love of books and love of all the Rosemount library’s programs and services.

The practice of yarn bombing (sometimes known as guerilla knitting) is a fun, eye-catching and creative way to raise awareness, in this case about upcoming public consultations on expansions and improvements to the Rosemount Avenue Branch. Rosemount Yarns draws upon the tradition of transforming urban landscapes by decorating everyday objects with colourful knitted and crocheted works. Special thanks to Michelle Taggart and Tamarack Wellington for granting READ permission to use some of their scaffolding for the installation.

You can see the installation at :

Rosemount Avenue Branch, Ottawa Public Library
18 Rosemount Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
About READ: The Rosemount Expansion and Development (READ) group consists of residents and users of the Ottawa Public Library Rosemount Avenue Branch from across its wide catchment area. READ is supported by residents, their families and twelve community associations.  It is collaborating with Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper to achieve their objectives and assisted by him on the public consultation sessions to be held on March 19th and 22nd and April 16th and 19th. For more information, please visit www.readrosemount.ca

Media Contacts:

Richard Van Loon (Chair)
613 729-5757

Emily Addison (Co-chair)
613 729-0798

Valerie Stam (Yarn Bomb)