Long Range Plan cont'd:

Goal: Engage diverse populations with specific library programs and services by

Objective:  Focusing on multi-cultural, multi-linguistic resources and services

Activities 2013

  • Purchase and promote a foreign language database
  • Offer a bilingual/foreign language story hour
  • Incorporate multi-cultural, multi-linguistic resources with established programming      Ex. Foreign language with Legos, "signing" stories, use of multi-cultural books,  media
  • Inquiry made to area realtors, travel agents, businesses to determine multi-language  multi-cultural needs
  • Develop realtor packets (welcome to the library) for new residents
  • Develop sign language class for after school students/offer class in Fall 2013
  • Provide multi-cultural displays throughout the year in all areas of the library using  varied resources
  • Plan for foreign lanugage film series/offerings for adults

Activities 2014

  • All new foreign language resources and programs evaluated and decisions made on  expansion, continuation, promotion of programs and resources initiated in 2013
  • Offer foreign language film program
  • Compile a list of foreign language and ESL tutors. Make available in the community  information center
  • Investigate having citizenship classes held at the library
  • Offer an adult conversational foreign language class (based on inquiry results above)

Objective: Addressing differently-abled patron concerns

Activities 2013

  • Ask area agencies (ARC, etc.) for a needs assessment of library facility, resources, services
  • Hire landscape architect to provide plans for:
         improved handicap parking
         exterior book drops (current & drive-up)
         scooter, stroller, sled parking
         improved outdoor lighting and signage
  • Purchase new bike rack
  • Work with local bus service to have library as a scheduled bus stop

Activities 2014

  • Act on recommendations from needs assessment completed in 2013
  • Initial phase of landscape architect's plans begins
  • Bus stops at library

Objective: Responding to the needs of the active, growing senior population

Activities 2013

  • Survey seniors to determine what types of programs and services they are interested in
  • Offer grandparent/grandchild programming
  • Partner with Senior Spice (GCASA Drug Free Coalition program) and Office for the Aging to offer cooperative service and events
    Library van regularly visits all senior residences

Activities 2014

  • Build programming and services based on survey results
  • Plan for grandparent/teen programming
  • Continue grandparent/grandchild programming
  • Continue Senior Spice and OFA partnerships

Desired outcomes for Goal: Engage diverse populations...

  • Consistent use of multi-cultural, multi-linguistic materials and services is statistically proven
  • Communication with realtors, travel agents, businesses concerning
      multi-cultural, multi-linguistic needs is ongoing
  • Outside access and safety is improved
  • Use of library services, resources and programs by active older adults increases