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Community group seeks 'next chapter' for aging Rosemount library

The Rosemount Expansion and Development (READ) group is moving ahead with its own public consultations for the city's oldest public library.

The Rosemount Expansion and Development (READ) group is seeking community input for its aging Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library. The facility was recently

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The Rosemount Expansion and Development (READ) group is seeking community input for its aging Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library. The facility was recently "yarn bombed" - people decorated the outside with knitted books and hearts as a display of dedication to the community space.

Most Ottawa library news revolves around a glossy new central branch – where it will go, what it will look like, how much it will cost.

But a community group is trying to keep the city’s oldest library top of mind.

The Rosemount Expansion and Development (READ) group is moving ahead with its own public consultations – seeking input on "the next chapter" of the aging Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

“It’s a very crowded space with people sitting on the floor trying to do work and the stacks are all falling over the place,” said READ chair Richard Van Loon.

But the building is a very important community space with a high cachement area – including Little Italy, Hintonburg, Mechanicsville, Wellington West and the Civic Hospital.

It also has a high circulation rate for its size, but has not had any significant renewal since 1982, said Van Loon.

In a statement emailed through a spokeswoman, Ottawa Public Library CEO Danielle McDonald said the main branch remains top priority. However, the library is seeking approval of $1 million for Rosemount renovations in the 2017 budget.

Van Loon worries that may not be enough to renew the Rosemount Avenue building.

There will be two consultations this month: Saturday, March 19th, from 11:30am to 2pm, or Tuesday, March 22nd from 6:30pm to 9pm. The second two will happen on Saturday, April 16th from 11:30 am to 2pm or Tuesday, April 19th from 6:30pm to 9pm. All events will be held at the Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington Street West. There will be childcare for all events.

READ is planning on presenting its findings to the Ottawa library board at a later date.

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