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Grand Island Public Library asking for public input for Strategic Plan

Published: Oct. 23, 2021 at 9:26 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Public Library is in the works of their Strategic Plan. The library staff and board members ask for input from the public every five years to find ways to improve their facility and find out what people already enjoyed.

There were conferences held, surveys sent in and conversations were held with community members. Library Board President Tanya Hansen said there are reasons they revisit the plan every so often and are certain items they focus on.

“What does the community really need from the library and so, if we look at it every five years and have those conversations, we can make sure that we’re giving the community the goods and the services that they need,” Hansen said.

She added, at the time, the library had received approximately 150 surveys and had several sit-down meetings with people about the facility.

Hansen said, some of the public responses about having more virtual services was surprising.

“Overwhelmingly, both in the written surveys and the conversations we’ve had, people have said ‘keep the books, we love the books, we love being able to go into the library, you know, we can sit and read if we want, look at a magazine,” she said. “And so, that’s been a really pleasant surprise.”

Hansen continued to say, many of the responses they also received were that people enjoyed the space and services the library offered.

The final Strategic Plan conference was planned for Dec. 4, 2021.

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