Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Open House Report to Guide Priorities for Concept Plans

Thank you to all who attended the four open house sessions last week! In celebrating National Library Week with its “Unlimited Possibilities @Your Library” theme, you had the opportunity to give input for the first time in the Library’s expansion planning process. Ideas for fourteen 21st century library services from around the nation were presented with participants voting for their top three services. Ninety one people voted for their top 21st century library services.

With a combined total of 49.9% of the vote, the top five services were:
  • ·         Performance Space
  • ·         Early Literacy Space
  • ·         Digital Studios
  • ·         Study Rooms
  • ·         Quiet Space

The Library Board of Trustees will use the information gathered in these sessions to help prioritize services during the expansion planning process. The next step in the expansion planning process is development of concept plans for several options, including size of facility, parking, storm water retention/detention and estimated cost. The concept plans will be scored according to how well they meet the identified community needs and priorities for service. Using those scores, the Library Board of Trustees will determine which concept plan best meets the needs of the community. That concept plan will be the basis for design development of the final plan. The concept planning process is expected to occur during late spring through early summer.

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