Work continues behind the scenes on the Peaks Island Community Center and Branch Library renovation project. Architect Dick Reed and his engineers and designers have met with our renovation design committee, which includes Peaks residents, Library staff members, and colleagues from the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Facilities.
We have largely completed the design of the basic layout of spaces, storage, traffic flow, and rest rooms. We continue to finalize the precise set-up of the library service desk and shelving, furnishings and finishes for floors and walls, as well as details in the community room.
The new design in the library features lower-profile bookshelves to provide a lighter, more open and flexible space, while actually accommodating more books and library materials. The renovation will also provide new display space for art.
Work on heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning has progressed, along with a design for a new electrical system and lighting. Energy audit work by engineer Andrew Holbrook (funded by the Peaks Energy Action Team) has been valuable in identifying energy improvements.
The project is on track to go to bid in late fall for construction to begin early in the new year. Key to our progress is the generosity of our New Vision Campaign donors, whose pledge payments ensure that we have sufficient funds in-hand to proceed on this timeline. Thank you!
We look forward to keeping you up-to-date on the progress!
Shiver me timbers—it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Celebrated annually on Sept. 19, this yo-ho-ho-holiday began in 1995 and was created by Oregon friends John Baur and Mark Summers. It has since become a cult phenomenon, giving swashbuckers the opportunity to yell out “Arrr!” and “Blimey!” for an entire day.
Ahoy matey, need help with your pirate knowledge? Portland Public Library has you covered. Use this list to read up on your pirates. If you are looking to learn some phrases, you can use the creators’ webpage, they even have a page of Pirate Pickup lines, or check out this pirate glossary. But to become a true expert in Pirate speak, try our free language program, Mango Languages. There is an entire course dedicated to learning to speak like a Pirate. The first lesson is “Captain’s Orders” and the conversational goals include: Call Someone Names, Express Surprise, Give Sailing Commands, Greet a Friend and a Superior, and Pay a Compliment. So give it a try today and surprise your friends with ye knowledge of pirates and pirate language.