I’m re-reading old Annual Reports and found some old goals.
- Strategic Plan for the Library – Started in 2011, put on hold for a bit, revived in 2014 with Community Forums, finalized in 2015 and helping with 2016 decision making.
- Early Literacy and Family Place – While not an ‘official’ Family Place Library, Glynnis has been through the training, we added a couch in 2012, and we have a train table, play kitchen, puppet theater, and doll house…along with puzzles, AWE computers, blocks and trucks/trains/dolls/stuffed animals. It’s a happenin’ place over there in the kids section. Oh, and in 2015 we repainted in bright, primary colors.
- Expand joint Library/Friends Programming – We’ve found a compromise that works – the Friends underwrite speakers we bring in, plus they book their own ‘after-meeting’ programs. They’ve had some really awesome programs, like Babbie Posey last year (she was a WWII pilot).
- Increase visitor and circulation counts – Done.
- Provide excellent, friendly service – Done.
- Become a Creation Destination – Glynnis has infused our children’s program with many arts/crafts programs (Craft a Connection book club and crafternoons) and we’ve added more art-focused adult and teen programs with “Painting with Kathleen” and the pottery workshops with Dyan. We also brought back Elizabeth Anderson to talk about the Dutch masters and Tulipmania, so a little hard-core art history.
- Golf Outing – This morphed into the Larry Kane Anniversary celebration that turned out to be a modest fundraiser and was followed up with Lisa Scottoline and Valerie Plame annual author brunches.
- Renovate the Circ Desk to work best for both patrons and staff – we added a sit-down workstation in 2014, used a jig-saw to create an indoor drop box and we instituted a self-service holds system. In 2015, Pam worked with the telephone company to reactivate a phone line so we could have (gasp) a PHONE at the circ desk and we added a self-check station near the children’s department that is more child-friendly. I still dream of a new, sit-down desk that is friendly to the handicapped and children.
- Saturday hours until 5 pm all year long
- Community Forums and customer survey for the strategic plan
- Geek the Library campaign
- HVAC Grant through Keystone for $33,900
- Taste of Italy Wine and Dine fundraiser with the Board
- Annual Appeal starting a new Library Endowment ($11,500)
- Several successful programs: Larry Kane, Gerry Shur, Ruth K. Hartz, Karl Middleman and Marie-Helen Bertino (author and the very first winner of the Library’s Write and Illustrate your own Book contest)