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Peggy Dee

Published on: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

By Peggy Dee

New library coming, but what about the saucer?

Plans are underway to demolish the mid-century Hyattsville branch library and replace it with a $14.3 million state-of-the-art facility that may or may not include the iconic flying saucer stationed outside the main entrance. Believe it or not, an active campaign has been started in our city entitled “Save our Saucer.” So, we will see what the future brings. At any rate, the new library should be a beautiful addition to Hyattsville.

Arts Festival

Several of my neighbors attended our annual Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept.14, and felt that it was most successful. The entertainment was enjoyable and the items for sale were original. 

Pop-up art gallery makes use of vacated jewelry store

The next time that you are in Queenstown, stop buy the old Fleisher’s Jewelers, at 3108 Queens Chapel Road. It is now the home of a new art exhibit entitled Jewel Box. It’s a pop-up art gallery. It will be open on weekends through the month of September and will feature works from 18 artists in a variety of mediums. Several groups, including Gateway and Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, are partnering with and supported by the shops. 

Yard sale weekend

I am looking forward to Oct. 4-6, which will be the Hyattsville Community Yard sale weekend. The city will provide a map displaying the addresses of homes that are participating. Come on out and have some fun meeting many of your neighbors and finding a few bargains!

Patsy Cline and the Young At Heart club

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, I went with the Young At Heart senior club to the Allenberry Playhouse in Boiling Springs, Pa., where we saw “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.” This was an excellent production, which followed the career of Patsy Cline as she climbed to stardom from her hometown of Hood, Va., to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville to the lights of Las Vegas to Carnegie Hall in New York City. If you will remember, Patsy got her start in this area when she appeared with Jimmy Dean.   

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Posted By: Hyattsville Saucer On: 10/3/2013

Title: Save Our Saucer

While Saucer is the face of the "Save Our Saucer" campaign regarding the future of the Hyattsville Branch Library, the issues at stake go beyond the architectural. Opportunities for community input regarding the renovation or replacement of the facility have been few to none. We are being told "Here's what the plan is, don't you love it?" and when questions are raised about the number of books in the library or other services or the sustainability and cost of renovation vs. demolition and building new, we're told "If the project stalls then the money will just go elsewhere."
Libraries are central to their communities. This is true of the Hyattsville Branch. There should be much greater public input into the decisions being made and more transparency should be part of the process. We recognize that there are community needs that must be balanced with library system operational needs, and there can be differences of opinion about the significance of the existing Mid-Century Modern building, but a more open, public process should be followed. That is what the cities of Mount Rainier, Hyattsville, University Park, and College Park have all called for, and it is a principle that should be applied for this project and more broadly for other civic improvement projects. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/saveoursaucer




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