2018-04-26 / News

Community advice sought for library’s strategic plan

The Jamestown library board of trustees is hosting two meetings next week to gather input from residents as it formulates a strategic plan for the library’s future.

The sessions are from 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 30, and 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 1, in the library’s meeting room.

Pat Wagner, who has had more than 40 years’ experience as a consultant to libraries and universities will facilitate the sessions.

Chairwoman Mary Lou Sanborn said the board hopes a good cross-section of residents show up to give their thoughts on the three-year plan. And what they’d like to see from the library.

“We want to take everyone’s input, organize it and come up with a new strategic plan,” she said.

The plan isn’t linked to the board’s proposed $2 million in renovations to its building on North Road, Sanborn said.

“We’re not going to tie the two together at this stage,” she said.

The two-pronged plan includes $1 million in maintenance costs and $1 million to expand the footprint by 1,700 square feet.

The maintenance measure includes $46,000 to replace the flat roof, $30,000 for the front doors and $68,000 to upgrade the electrical system. The biggest item is $550,000 for a new HVAC system.

The expansion would include 562 additional square feet to both the children’s area and the section for young adults. These would feature bay windows. The new staff area and lounge would be 586 square feet. This part of the plan is reimbursable by at least 30 percent from the state Office of Library Services, but that number could go as high as 50 percent. The rest would be paid for through private grants and donors, the trustees said.

Due to limited seating, the board is asking people to RSVP to jamestownlibrarytrustees@gmail.com. For more information or questions, contact Sanborn at 423-0912.

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