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April 14, 2016: Speaking of ‘Overdue’…; Community Demands Equal Facilities for Rosemount Library.

April 14, 2016: Speaking of ‘Overdue’…;
Community Demands Equal Facilities for Rosemount Library.

By Blaine Marchand, R.E.A.D.

Close to 100 local residents, who participated in public consultations on March 19th and 22nd on “Rosemount Library: The Next Chapter”, spoke clearly about their views on the library.

In breakout sessions over the two days, participants felt strongly that physical access to the structure, along with its lack of space, were the key constraints in meeting their needs.

They cited the tired condition of the current building and stressed if the Library is going to meet the needs required by a library branch today, more space is essential.

Not surprisingly, they gave high marks to the building, citing its historical significance (the only remaining Carnegie Library in the city), its central location, and the friendly service provided by library staff. Recognizing that options for expansion at the current site are limited, participants put forward suggestions for potential use of other community facilities to facilitate programming requirements. They noted, too, that many other branches have been recently renovated to provide a much higher level of service than Rosemount, while their library has sat at the top of the Library Board’s own priority list.

The two sessions took place at the Hintonburg Community Centre under the auspices of the Rosemount Expansion and Development (READ) group and Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper, who provided financial assistance.

The second session was attended in part by Ottawa Library Board Chair, Councillor Tim Tierney, and Library CEO, Danielle McDonald.

A second round of consultation sessions is planned for Saturday April 16, from 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., and Tuesday April 19, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

These will also be held at the Hintonburg Community Centre where participants will review and fine-tune the points brought forward at the March discussions. This will then form the basis of a report to be presented to the Board by Councillor Leiper. READ, Councillor Leiper and the community will follow the Board closely as it responds to recommendations in the report.

Everyone interested in participating in the April 16 or the 19 sessions is most welcome. Child care services will be available thanks again to the assistance of Councillor Leiper.

Further information is available at READ’s website: http://www.readrosemount.ca ; its Facebook page; Twitter account; or, by sending an e-mail to: readrosemount@gmail.com .

A preliminary report on the first round of sessions can be seen on Councillor Leiper’s community newsletter https://kitchissippiward.ca/civicrm/mailing/view?reset=1&id=047cdcf903e80c7c

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