Office of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno
PINE POINT LIBRARY TO BE THE HOME OF READ/WRITE/NOW AND A LIBRARY EXPRESS
The Springfield Public Schools System and The Springfield City Library Team Up for Adult Literacy programing
September 13, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, City Councilor Clodo Concepcion, Springfield School Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick, Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, Executive Director of Parks, Buildings, and Recreation Management (PBRM) Patrick Sullivan and Springfield Library Executive Director Molly Fogarty have announced a new collaboration for the current Pine Point Library.
The Library Commission had completed a study of the branch library system and determined that the closing of the Pine Point Branch would benefit the whole library system by reallocating resources to offer increased hours system wide. Since that announcement Mayor Sarno, Councilor Concepcion, Superintendent Warwick, Commissioner Caulton-Harris, Executive Director Sullivan and Executive Director Fogarty have mapped out a transition strategy to keep the building open as a neighborhood asset.
The Pine Point Library will remain open as it is until November 15, 2013. At that time the library staff will begin to transition the library to a “library express”. The re-opening of the library as a “library express” is expected to occur on January 6, 2014 with the following schedule of thirteen hours a week:
Monday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Though the “library express” will feature a smaller collection patrons will be able to order items which will be made available for pick up at the pine point facility.
Mayor Sarno stated, “After announcing the transition away from library services at the pine point facility for another use during the preparation of the FY 2014 budget, Councilor Clodo Concepcion was unwavering in his support to continue to have a library presence in the Pine Point Neighborhood."
In addition to the new “library express”; Read/Write/Now, an adult literacy program currently housed in the Pine Point Library, will partner with the Springfield Public Schools Adult Literacy Department to offer an expansion of services.
Superintendent Warwick applauded the collaboration, calling it a “win-win” for everyone. “Springfield Public Schools was committed to working with the City of Springfield in such a way that would allow the Pine Point Library to keep its doors open to the public. We are thrilled that the building will now serve a dual positive role, servicing not only the Pine Point neighborhood as a library, but also the City of Springfield as an adult education hub.”
Read/Write/Now will continue to operate as is through the library transition and until June 27, 2014. At that time the program will complete their classes and construction will begin for the expanded adult literacy programing. During this time Read/Write/ Now will plan their classes for the Fall and Winter and will continue their collaborative planning with the Springfield Public Schools with an anticipated opening of the expanded service on September 2, 2014.