A Message from Bryan J. McCormick, Library Director
We all know libraries have evolved over time. We’ve replaced our VHS tapes with DVDs, our cassette tapes with CDs, and our typewriters with computers. Now we’ve added digital downloads to the mix. Materials and media change - and we change with them in response to community needs.
But it’s not just the materials and formats that change. Our community has begun to use us differently. More people are coming to the library to meet with others, study as a group, attend programs, participate in activities, etc. Our study rooms are well-used, our Program Room is fully booked, and our Public Meeting Room is in high demand. It’s clear that we need to evolve not just what we provide to the public, but how we provide it.
A reconfiguration of our floorplan and an update of our infrastructure is the first step. We hired OPN Architects to study our building and how it is used to help us determine the best use of space. After speaking with staff, gathering input from patrons and offering several possible options, they created a floorplan that best suits our needs. It is not a final design, but it gives us a sense of what we can accomplish.
[See images and details of their plan at left]
Proposed changes include:
• A consolidated and centralized
The Aspen Institute recently releasedtheir report Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries, based on what they believe libraries need to do to meet the needs of their communities. The emerging value proposition of the public library is built around three key assets – people, place and platform.
The changes we are proposing, with those assets in mind, will help us become the 21st Century Library that our community requires - and deserves.
We know we have a wonderful building - and we’re very lucky it has sustained us these last twenty years. It’s working just fine.
We can do better. And the community needs us to be serving them at our highest capacity for another twenty years - and beyond. With your help, we can make that happen.
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