PRESS RELEASE, CONTACT: Jim Leydon, Communications Director
PINE POINT LIBRARY TO UNDERGO FINAL PHASE OF RENOVATION
August 1, 2014 -Springfield, MA- The previously announced renovation of the Pine Pint Library is nearing completion. With the end of the renovation now in sight the whole facility will have to temporarily suspend services on Friday, August 22, 2014 until completion, which is expected in early Spring 2015, and is when services will be resume.
The renovation, which began last fall, was a result of a study completed on behalf the Springfield Library Commission. The study determined that the closing of the Pine Point Branch would benefit the whole library system by reallocating scarce resources and offer increased hours system-wide. As a result Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Ward 5 City Councilor Clodo Concepcion, School Superintendent Daniel Warwick, Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, Executive Director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management Patrick Sullivan and Executive Director of the Springfield Library Molly Fogarty mapped out a transition strategy to keep the building open as a neighborhood asset.
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."
The Pine Point Library successfully transitioned to a “library express” which opened with much fanfare on March 10, 2014. The Pine Point Library Express includes public computers, WiFi to support personal devices, comfortable places to sit, new materials in all formats, a carefully-chosen selection of popular and classic books and other materials, plus a helpful staff to assist patrons.
In order to keep the Pine Point branch open an exciting collaboration was announced in conjunction with the Springfield Public Schools. The building will serve a dual purpose and house an expanded adult literacy program, Read/Write/Now, which will now partner with the Springfield Public Schools Adult Literacy Department and will offer an expansion of services. The collaboration allows for the building to remain a neighborhood asset.
Springfield School Superintendent Daniel Warwick applauded the collaboration, calling it a “win-win” for everyone. “The Springfield Public Schools is 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,” stated Superintendent Warwick.
At the resumption of services in Spring 2015 the transition strategy mapped out in 2013 will be complete. The Pine Point Library Express will continue to offer library services in the Pine Point Neighborhood and Read/Write/Now will offer expanded opportunities in adult literacy.