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Ad Hoc Library Planning Committee
The Ad Hoc Library Planning Committee (AHLPC) is tasked with the planning stage of building a new library for the Town of Rockport. This library is for the use and enjoyment of all the people of Rockport and shall be planned primarily by focusing on planning, cost, and long term use. Secondary issues of staffing, building efficiency, archives/storage space, accessibility, and site planning/ site safety shall be considered as well.
 
Using the program outline proposed by the Library Committee and approved by the Select Board on
November 9, 2015, and with professional assistance, this committee shall write a recommendation to the Select Board, including a design and cost estimate, for a library to be built at the combined site of Memorial Park and 1 Limerock Street.
 
Committee Members are
Eric Denny, Erik Frederick, Ann Filley, Stevie Kumble Library Committee liaison, Heather
Mackey, Tracy Murphy Select Board liaison, Jan Rosenbaum Chair, Joe Sternowski Vice Chair, and Ben Blackmon, Ex Officio, Interim Library Director.

For more information and updates on what the AHLPC is doing please follow this link.
Library Committee Presentation to the Select Board November 5th 2015
Program Document for a New Library ( Look here Architects )

Library Committee Presentation to the Select Board Noveember 5th 2015

 
Space Needs/ Justification Working Report
Based on guidelines put forth by the National Institute of Building Sciences

Space Needs/ Justification Working Report
 
 


Library Consultant Report 06.25.2015
Building Program Final 2015

Building Program Statement 2015-Draft


CES, Inc. Engineering Study
June 30, 2015 6:00 pm -Rockport Opera House

CES, Inc. Engineering Study

CES, Inc. of Brewer Maine will provide a complete engineering study of the library building. The scope of their work will be a comprehensive building evaluation. This will cover current building conditions with regard to current building systems, accessibility and life safety issues. The study will also include a limited environmental assessment such as indoor air quality and other areas that could impact the continued use of the building and upgrades/repairs as well as demolition of the structure.


June 15 Library Consultant Presentation
The public is invited to attend the June 15 meeting at the Rockport Opera House. Steve Podgajney will present the draft report, which will identify necessary program spaces and describe the scale and rationale for those spaces. A draft will be presented at a public meeting on June 15 (Rockport Opera House, 7 p.m.), and a final report to the Library Committee later that month. Steve will continue to take comments from the library at libraryconsultant@town.rockport.me.us.


April 29-Rockport Opera House Meeting Room
The meeting on the 29 will be an opportunity for consultant Steve Podgajny to share what he has heard in his meetings with Rockport citizens, and to refine any areas that need clarification.
He will outline any areas of widespread interest or concern and request additional input on library in general and those areas in particular. The deadline for public comments via email is May 29.

When: April 29 @ 5:30 p.m.
Where: Opera House-meeting Room



Library Engineering Study
April 13, 2015:
CES, Inc. of Brewer Maine has been hired by the Town of Rockport to provide a complete engineering study of the library building. The scope of their work will be a comprehensive building evaluation. This will cover current building conditions with regard to current building systems, accessibility and life safety issues. The study will also include a limited environmental assessment such as indoor air quality and other areas that could impact the continued use of the building and upgrades/repairs as well as demolition of the structure.

Once started the engineering study could be completed in approximately six weeks.

See CES Building study overview


What's Next for the Library?
The two November referendum questions did not pass, which means that planning for a new and improved library will result in a substantial town review of the current building: Compliance and safety, the ability to renovate, expansion costs, parking solutions, etc. The Town and the Library Committee want to make sure that Rockport residents have a verified and accurate scope along with costs of the work that should and can be done to this building.

03/25/2015 Rockport Library Consultant wants to hear from you!

Send your thoughts, questions, complaints, and compliments to libraryconsultant@town.rockport.me.us

 The Rockport Public Library has engaged an independent consultant to develop an objective case statement assessing the library’s current programs and services and exploring how the library may evolve to meet current and future needs. The final report, to be delivered in June, will identify necessary program spaces and describe the scale and rationale for those spaces.

Steve Podgajny, who serves as director of the Portland Public Library as well as a statewide library consultant, is developing the case statement. He will draw on extensive interviews with the Rockport library staff and town groups – including the Library Committee, Select Board, Library for All group, and Friends of Rockport. He will also consider background documents, including surveys and listening tour transcripts, and review library trends in Maine and nationwide.

Podgajny has praised the dedicated involvement and in-depth work done by numerous Rockport officials, boards, consultants, groups, and individuals, and has designed his process to include information gathering and many opportunities for public comment. Those include:

 Interviews with library staff, town officials, and various groups representing differing opinions on the needs and possible future of the library.

A series of Public meetings in January which were attended by the Library Committee, Select Board, and more than 30 community members; and follow up public meetings coming up in late April (date TBA); and on June 3.Requests for comments, questions, and ideas emailed directly to Podgajny at libraryconsultant@town.rockport.me.us.

The meeting in late April will be an opportunity for Podgajny to share what he has heard in his meetings with Rockport citizens, and to refine any areas that need clarification. He will outline any areas of widespread interest or concern and request additional input on library in general and those areas in particular. The deadline for public comments via email is May 29.

Podgajny will present a draft of the case statement at the June 3 meeting, and will submit a final report to the Library Committee later that month.



Stay tuned for more information!


August 5, 2014 Town Meeting Discussion

August 5 Town Meeting Library Referendum Discussion (Part 1)  

August 5 Town Meeting Library Referendum Discussion (Part 2)


Library Steering Committee
March 12, 2014
The Rockport Public Library Committee announced the creation of a Building Steering Committee. One of this group’s most important objectives will be to make recommendations to the Library Committee, based in part of the discovered themes of the listening tour and the library’s mission and vision statement.

The next steps we’ve identified will be an important starting point, and we anticipate that the Steering Committee will also help gather information about:

Our Community – including a description of Rockport’s current and projected demographics, special interests and needs, historical considerations, and future planning.
Sites Analysis – including the logistics of providing for space and parking needs through renovations or new construction on the possible sites.
Library Best Practices – including trends for program needs and space requirements
Economic Analysis – including the availability of grants and offsets for "green” construction, the contributions of a library to the local economy, and the potential of a "gateway” to the Village.
 
The committee, using data by the town's elected Library Committee's own research, begin considering possible sites for a new building. Included in the discussion is renovating, or razing and rebuilding, the library at the present site; use of the adjacent Memorial Park, also a part of the library property; as well as construction at the former Rockport Elementary School property; and building at other locations in town.

Also part of the committee’s work is compiling figures for the amount of space required to house all the services the library offers. That includes physical materials and digital resources; rooms with dedicated uses such as for reading and studying; and multi-use rooms for both library sponsored events and for use by other organizations in town.

Members of the steering committee are Dave Jackson, Warren Erickson, Carole Gartley, Staci Coomer, Judy Lindahl, Pat Messler, Ames Curtis, Peter Hall and Jan Rosenbaum (chair). Ex-officio members are: Charlton Ames, Bill Chapman, Library Director Ann Filley, Town Manager,Rick Bates, and Kathleen Meil, chair of the Library Committee. Public comment may be made at all meetings, and by email to Ann Filley at annfilley@rockport.lib.me.us or Kathleen Meil at kmeil@town.rockport.me.us. (two former members: Bill Leone and Richard Anderson)

The work of the past few years has provided a very strong foundation, and now, with the themes of the Listening Tour as our guiding principles, we’re ready build a plan for the future together.

Steering Committee Final Report  June 2014

Minutes of Meetings
March 10, 2014
March 21, 2014
March 31, 2014
April 16, 2014
April 28, 2014
May 12, 2014
May 27, 2014
May 29, 2014




Historical or Town Documents

2003 Director Comprehensive Plan

2004 Town of Rockport Comprehensive Plan

2010 Letter From Rockport Residents to Ad Hoc RES Committee

2013 Timeline

2013 Library Building Funding Timeline


Davis Family Grant "Discovering the Possibilities"
Overview

RES Site RenderingThe purpose of the grant was to discover what might be possible on our existing site at 1 Limerock and another site. The RES (Rockport Elementary School East) site was chosen for the grant since it was the only other town-owned property and the future purpose of this land was being discussed.

These studies were funded to help the library find solutions to the space challenges faced on a daily basis. We look at this as a challenge, yes, but we also see it as a success story...that your community library is a vital and thriving place and is used more than ever before! We have managed to build on the hard work of all of the community members, board members, and staff throughout the years who have made the library what it is today.

Thanks to a grant from the Davis Family Foundation "Discovering the Possibilities" the funds received have supported an engineering study on the current library site, focus groups, a survey, and now a conceptual drawing. The Grant was for $15,000.

The engineering study confirmed that there are a number of limitations for a building on the current site. The last addition maximized that potential (and then some). This building has had four additions and those additions solved the space needs for a time and have served us well.

We now find ourselves at a crossroads once again, twenty years later from the last addition and this was predicted by the board and staff at that time. This is documented in Rockport's Comprehensive Plan.

The former director sought these funds to support the costs of these activities as they are not normally part of our library budget. This phase of the study supported by the Davis Family Foundation concluded at the end of March 2013. This design was created from looking at current and future needs, the input of community and committee members and staff.(See Architects Request for Proposal)

Scott Simons Architects of Portland Presented the drawing at the March meeting to town residents.

Architects Request for Proposal

RES Site Analysis

Space Analysis


Other Library Documents
2011 Library Survey Power Point

2011 Appendix Survey Data