We want to know what you are thinking! I know what I think libraries should be doing for our community, but that isn’t necessarily what you might want or be interested in. Administrative Library staff are having a lot of conversations about what we want our role to be and what impact we want to have in our communities. Are we just a place to check out movies and DVDs, or is there more to what we can offer? We already provide access to computers and the internet, a variety of story-times, Outreach services, GED classes, to name a few services, but is there more that we can and should be doing and is there something that we currently do, but could do better?
Many of the municipalities in Alamance County have spent the last year or so gathering information to put together in a long term plan that is designed to further their growth and their impact on their citizens. The Alamance County Board of County Commissioners has brought up the need for a long-term or strategic plan during several of its recent meetings. If our Libraries are going to be good stewards of funding and resources, we need to have a plan in place that serves as a roadmap to help us focus on what’s important and guide us in the direction our patrons and the citizens of the County want us to go in.
Over the next several weeks Alamance County Public Libraries will hold focus groups throughout the county. Our hope is that interested citizens will come out and share ideas on what they want from libraries in their communities. You don’t have to be a library user to participate in the discussions. In fact, if you don’t use the libraries, we are very interested in finding out why and what we can do to entice you to take advantage of Alamance County’s Library System. We want to know what you think of current library programs and services as well as suggestions and ideas you would like for us to consider implementing. Please come out and share your thoughts on library service with us. Focus groups are scheduled for May 19, at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center in Eli Whitney, for May 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mebane Arts and Community Center in Mebane and for June 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Graham Civic Center in Graham. Your voice is important as we plan for the future.