Friday, April 29, 2011

Redmond Community Indicators 2011: Where are We Headed?

On April 27th, the City of Redmond released its sixth annual Redmond Community Indicators report.City of Redmond logo These reports monitor the city’s progress towards achieving the goals laid out in Redmond Comprehensive Plan developed in 2005. The report focuses on a variety of indicators that highlight economic, cultural, and demographic trends

The full set of reports are available on the City’s website — see Redmond Community Indicators. The Redmond Community Indicators Brochure 2011 provides a good summary of the full report. Here are a few of the indicators highlighted:

Estimated Per Capita Water Consumption

Street Trees

Size of New Single-Family Homes

Downtown & Overlake Employment

Redmond Library Board

Monday, April 18, 2011

Celebrate! Newport Way Grand Opening!

If I wasn’t going to be out of town this weekend (Go, Bloomsday!), I would happily spend my April 30th, Saturday morning attending the grand re-opening for the Newport Way library branch.  While I technically visited all of the library branches in existence during my year of Jaime’s Jaunts, the “Newport Way” visit was a temporary location fill-in at Factoria Mall. This branch has been closed for almost a year so I’m sure the opening will draw quite the crowd. I love the excitement and sense of community as everyone gathers to experience new or refreshed libraries for the first time!

Newport Library - Rendering of New Building

The $2.5 million dollar remodel expanded the current building by 790 feet and includes larger areas for teens and children as well as increased materials, computers, and wireless access. The last day to utilize the temporary location in Factoria Mall will be Thursday, April 28th.

Go!  Take pictures, enjoy the free treats, and meet some of your wonderful library staff as they welcome you back into the branch’s updated home.


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Thanks….for Ten Years!

How does one even begin to say enough “Thank Yous” for ten years of volunteer service!?  In our April board meeting, we said good-bye to Doris Townsend, who has recently fulfilled her two, five-year terms, the maximum allowed, on the City of Redmond’s Library Advisory Board.

Doris Townsend

Doris began her service in 2001, shortly after the opening of the building that currently houses the Redmond Regional Library (which opened in late 1999.)  Having worked in libraries, she was a perfect addition to the City’s Advisory Board. Doris is also an active member of the Friends of the Redmond Library and was very helpful as a liaison between two groups that advocate and support Redmond and its library.

Not to fear, we will still see Doris at the library! From her work on the Friends, attending various programs, and bringing her grandchildren to pick up books, she still has many reasons to see us!

With Doris’ retirement, we have an opening on the Board. Interested in serving?  Please see the City of Redmond’s Community Service Application. The position will be opened until filled.