In 2014, the library set out to create the Long Range Plan that would guide the library through the next decade of library services. To find out what should be in the plan, we sent out surveys to local businesses, created online forms, and generally asked everywhere we could for input on how our community viewed existing library services and where they thought we should go from here.
The full survey as it appeared in print as well as the compiled responses can be found in the Long Range Plan in pages 23-28.
The Community Survey consisted of 9 questions:
The following segments were given:
The library had 76 residents respond to the community survey. Many of the responses to the survey reflected on the variety of interests and the inability of the library building to adequately provide for them. Some people commented on the difference in the interests of the children who visit the library afterschool to use it as a gathering space in contrast to those who wish to use the library to read quietly. Some people commented that more space is needed to house expanding program attendance and others wanted more meeting spaces. Others still wanted more space to allow for more books.
Libraries, in practice, endeavor to be all of these things - gathering space, meeting rooms, programming rooms, quiet reading areas, and bookshelves. So the library looked to plan for these interests by creating the Long Range Plan later that year.