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Peaks Branch renovation plan takes big step forward

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We are thrilled to announce that on April 25, the City Council approved the FY2017 Capital Improvement Project (CIP) budget – including the $250,000 needed to complete the funding for the renovation of the Peaks community center and branch library!

This $650,000 project is the result of a thoughtful process that engaged the Peaks community all along the way. We are excited at how the renovated facility will continue to serve as the “heart of the island” while meeting the evolving needs of the entire Peaks community. We are thankful for the support and commitment of City leadership for their partnership, and we absolutely could not have reached this point without the commitment of more than 250 Peaks households and businesses who pledged over $200,000 towards this effort.

We also are delighted that part of the unique public-private funding collaboration for this project included a commitment of $200,000 from an “angel” donor with a family history on Peaks and deep ties to both the library and the Recreation Department. In recognition of this generosity, the renovated building will be named The Kennedy and Carter Family Community Center & Branch Library.

This spring and summer, we will be working behind the scenes with our partners in the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Facilities to begin the bid and permitting process. We will also be in touch with our generous New Vision Campaign donors and will make the plans for relocating library programs on the island during construction. We expect renovation work to begin before the end of the year, and we will continue to share those details as they become more fixed.

There are plenty of wonderful library moments when we see our patrons engage in learning, creating, experimenting, researching, and expanding their horizons. It’s even more exhilarating when PPL and those we serve collaborate to expand the horizons of what is possible for our entire community. This feels like one of those moments.

Thank you to all of those who have lent their voice and dedicated their effort and support to this “new vision”!


Movie of the Month: Purple Rain

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PrincePurple Rain is a highly stylized semi-autobiographical film about Prince, starring Prince. It is not a movie recommended for its story, which is cliched, or its dialogue, which is melodramatic, or its acting performances, which are mostly nonprofessional, and not in a good way. What this movie is recommended for is its place in music history. It came out in 1984, three years after the advent of MTV. It was the first feature-length music video, and the musical talent it showcased was so enormous it would rock the world.

That’s why you want to see it: for the electrifying musical performances by The Artist We Will Remember as Prince.

When comes such another?

 

You might want to get on the hold list for some of our Prince materials:

CDs

The Hits 2verybestofprince

Emancipation

The Very Best of Prince

Musicology

The Gold Experience

Graffiti Bridge

 

and the movie Purple Rain

 

See also the biography Prince: Inside the Music and the Masks

and the book Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain  BPRINCELetsgocracy

 

For instant gratification, take a look at these youtube videos:

 

Prince Looking Totally Cool While Delivering a Searing Guitar Solo in a Tribute to George Harrison

I Would Die 4 U Clip from Purple Rain

Prince Covering Radiohead’s Creep

MTV Unplugged

A Tribute to Prince featuring his Performance at the Superbowl XLI halftime show

The Complete Halftime Show

Lovesexy Tour Europe 1988

 

And check out the Prince music library on Hoopla.

 

RIP

 

For other recommended musicals, click here.

 

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