Planning for the Library's Future

In order to assure that our services match our community’s needs, the board of the Daniel Boone Regional Library is creating an entirely new strategic plan.

We know that our communities are growing and the needs of our patrons are changing. We’re excited to be re-evaluating our services, and we really want to hear directly from you, our patrons, about what you want most from your public libraries.

The Library Board of Trustees Long-Range Planning Committee, three volunteer community members and library administrative staff are leading the planning process with guidance from Ellen Miller, an experienced library planning consultant from Lenexa, Kansas.

The committee has met several times and held many community input sessions to share and gather ideas about potential service priorities including the following.

DBRL Board President Terry Higgins

Interactive story times involving reading, rhyming and singing activities help young children develop their verbal skills and make associations between sounds and words, which makes them more likely to become successful readers and writers.

Early Literacy Activities like story times that help kids get an early start on reading have been widely shown to improve a child’s chances of doing well in school and in later life.

Pleasure Reading Patrons expect the library to have a good selection of the latest fiction and nonfiction titles in several formats, as well as music, audiobooks and documentary films.

Reference Services Our librarians are trained to assist patrons in finding reliable, balanced and up-to-date information related to health, finance, employment, taxes, social services, business and many other topics.

DBRL Board President Terry Higgins

One of the highlights of our adult programming is One Read, the community-wide reading program held each fall for the past seven years.

Lifelong Learning We currently work with nursing homes, cosponsor classes for seniors and host a variety of adult authors and musical performances. Lifelong learning also includes helping adults seeking new education and employment opportunities and adapting to a growing baby boomer population whose needs differ from those of generations past.

Comfortable Physical and Virtual Spaces  We strive to have spaces in each of our libraries where patrons can meet and interact with others or sit quietly and read. We also hope our new web site will make it easier for you to access resources and find new items of interest.

Public Internet Access We have computers with high-speed Internet access in each library, but there is always demand for more. In addition, we offer wireless connectivity at each library.

During the last month, we shared these key service ideas at a series of drop-in sessions in ten cities throughout our two counties to see if you think we’re on the right course. There is still time to give us your input.

After the committee considers all comments, they will work this winter to draft the 2009-2017 Long-Range Plan with a new vision statement, values and goals. The board plans to formally approve the new plan in March 2009. Then, we’ll begin the work of allocating our resources to address new needs, improve key services and continue supporting the services we currently do well. We will keep you up to date on our plans, and we hope you will continue to provide your input.

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