PPLC in the News
New Clearwater Countryside Library is Just Around the Corner
By Tracey Reed, Clearwater Countryside Library Manager
For the last year or so, a group of Clearwater Library System and the City of Clearwater staff have been working with Harvard Jolly Architects to design the new Clearwater Countryside Library. After getting the go-ahead from City Council to build a new library instead of renovating our current building, we began the exciting journey from the blank canvas next to the Countryside Recreation Center, located within the Countryside Community Park, which is approximately a half mile northwest of the current location — just around the corner!
The new library is being built not only with an eye to the present, but also with an eye to the future. Our youth and teen areas will be separated from the main part of the library by glass, not only to cut down on the noise, but also to allow for children and young adults to have their own space in the library. There's also a separate youth programming room to give us space for youth programs of all kinds to run simultaneously with both other library programs as well as community groups that can book our meeting rooms. This is something that we aren't capable of doing now.
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We're also working on creating a technology makerspace — a place where people can come and use technology such as 3D printers, green screens and music and video editing software that they may not have access to anywhere else. Other highlights of the new library include multiple sized study rooms, increased areas for people to gather, whether it's to work on a project or just to sit and chat. There will also be additional spaces for people to work on their own computers, tablets or other devices.
Groundbreaking is scheduled for Friday, August 29 at 8:30 am (Countryside Community Park, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater, FL 33761 ). So come join us as we begin the next phase of this wonderful project, because grand opening is just around the corner!
Return to Paradise
By Cheryl Morales, Director Pinellas Public Library Cooperative
To many, I hope that sounds like a title of a book or a movie. In fact, there is a book of short stories by James Michener that contains the story "Mr. Morgan" which inspired the 1953 film "Return to Paradise" starring Gary Cooper — so you are right!
My story is a little different ... it begins and ends in Florida. 16 years ago I was a librarian on Sanibel Island, and in need of a challenge. A colleague informed me of a position that was exactly the type of challenge I was looking for. The American Samoa Government was looking for a Librarian to "grow" a public library and library system. I say grow, because two Governors had worked on the project for about ten years with a very dedicated board, and they had gotten as far as securing the funding for a state of the art building, and had the building project nearly complete when they began to advertise the position. I have to admit, I had never heard of American Samoa, so the first challenge was to learn as much as I could about a place I was thinking of working for. A thousand challenges conquered, 16 years, and some amazing experiences later, here I am back in Florida, and very happy to be in Pinellas County.
Living on an island in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean with a culture that is deep and rich certainly has attractions. However after some time, one misses the modern conveniences, cultural diversity, and ones' family. Serving as the Executive Director for the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative is a chance for me to rise up to meet a whole new set of challenges. I am looking forward to working with the PPLC staff, the library directors and member library staff, and the community as a whole. My family has been having adventures and enjoying the riches Pinellas County has to offer.
When people ask me why I left paradise for Pinellas County, I tell them "I just traded one paradise for another."
Library Closings for August, 2014:
- August 31
- Clearwater Countryside Public Library
- July 4
- Dunedin Public Library
- Safety Harbor Public Library
- September 1
Library change in hours for August, 2014:
St. Petersburg West Community Library - August 1-15
Out of session hours:
- Monday & Thursday: 9:00am-8:00pm
- Tuesday & Wednesday: 9:00am-6:00pm
- Friday: 9:00am-4:00pm
- Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
- Seminole Community Library - Saturday, July 26 through Sunday, August 17
- Library opens at 9:00 am Monday through Friday
- Closes at 8:00 pm Monday through Thursday
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