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Plan of Service

Long range plan and technology plan



Goal 1. Utilize space and technology to effectively house, circulate and catalog the collection.

 Objective: To continue the implementation of future technologies.

 Timetable: On going.

 Progress: The library has increased the use of its website for promotion of library goods and services. The library has increased its social footprint with the creation of a blog and social media that offers connectivity to our collection. The library's catalog can be accessed online.


 Goal 2. Increase the opportunities for patrons to engage in educational, cultural, and self-improvement activities via expansion of current services and the creation of new programs.

 Objective 1: To continue the 36 week session of preschool story time for three, four, and five year old

children. Offer craft time two days a week for preschool-aged and elementary students.

 Timetable: This will be implemented throughout the school year.

 Progress: The library will continue its preschool story time. The library uses the a volunteer storyteller for this program. Crafts are themed and coincide with holiday and calendar based events.


Objective 2: To expand the current summer reading program to include in-house activities for students aged preschool to twelve years.

 Timetable: We will continue to work to improve this yearly. Program would be held each summer.

 Progress: The summer program increases each year. The library will offer four entertainment events during the month of June. Crafts will be offered three days a week and a movie will be shown on Wednesday afternoon. We will continue to evaluate these programs.


Objective 3: To offer age appropriate services to junior high/high school patrons.

 Timetable: This will be implemented during the school year.

Progress: The library offers a youth book club that focuses on books selected from Newbery and Printz Award winners.

Goal 3. Devise a plan that outlines the regular turnover of existing computers. Budget to replace at least one computer each year. Stay current on new technologies and add devices as needed. Purchase hardware and software that coordinates and/or compliments programs and technologies used in local schools.

 Timetable: On-going.

 Progress: The library purchased an eReader and staff have devised manuals that outline usage. The library offers online book-checkout services for eReaders. The library will work in conjunction with the schools to offer services that compliment the iPad usage by teachers and students. The library offers computer courses twice a week for patrons who want to learn new technology. The library has applied for a grant to fund the upgrade and replacement of meeting room technology.


 Goal 4: Develop a work experience program for youth.

 Objective: Offer a program that introduces youth to public service and librarianship.

 Timetable: On-going.

 Progress: The library utilizes local high school youth volunteers to assist with parties, summer reading program and library tasks such as creating bulletin boards or shelving. Library staff will initiate a non-paid internship program with local colleges.


Goal 5: Expand cooperation with local teachers in the creation of programs founded in curriculum themes.

 Objective: To coordinate activities with input from school staff..

Timetable: On-going during the school year.

Progress: The library began offering on-site educational programming in the fall of 2011. The library will work with the school's literacy program committee to implement programs that compliment this year's theme. The library secured the rental of educational 'trunks' from local museums. The trunks were selected according to curriculum themes and all age groups were invited to attend. These on-site visits have led students to return with parents at which time families register for individual library cards. The library also provides materials to classrooms based on curriculum needs.

Goal 6: Expand our program to include birth to preschool age children.

Objective: To send postcards to new parents to inform them of the baby gift bag and to inform them of library services for parents and youth.

 Timetable: All new mothers in Grundy County will be contacted via post card to inform them of the free gift bag offered by the library. The bag includes a board book, informative fliers of county services, a tote bag and bib.

 Progress: This project is being implemented in conjunction with the Grundy County Library Association.


Goal 7: Develop programming for adult areas of interest.

 Objective: To offer programs of interest to adult patrons such as self help programs, crafts, technology and health issues.

 Timetable: On-going.

Progress: The library offers an adult book club, a yarn-arts club, computer courses and scrap book classes. The library offers regular bridge events. The library also offers meeting space for adult groups such as a local woman's club, a bible study group and various civic groups.


Revised and Adopted February 21, 2012

Revised and Adopted October 21, 2014





















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