Friday, September 21, 2012

Russell Library Strategic Plan Public Forums

Bringing Together People and Ideas for the Future

When people and ideas come together this fall to participate in Russell Library's planning project, good things will happen for the Library and for all of Middletown.

Everyone who cares about Middletown and Russell Library can be part of the Library's planning project.  You and your ideas are welcome because those ideas will shape the future.  Attend one of the Library's Public Forums on either Wednesday evening, October 10, at 6:00 p.m., or on Saturday morning, November 10, at 9:00 a.m.

The forums will be led by Alan Gray, a planning consultant with extensive experience in libraries, the business world, and in education.

Russell Library has been bringing together people and ideas for almost 140 years, playing an active role as a "Gateway to the Future of Middletown."   Its programs, resources, and community involvement have made a difference in Middletown's educational, entertainment, and social environment. 

As Middletown grows and develops, Russell Library must also evolve.  For that reason, the Library has formed a Strategic Planning Committee comprised of Library staff members, Library trustees, and members of the Middletown community to undertake this project. 

In the coming weeks, planning consultant Alan Gray will be conducting public forums, focus groups, and interviews to learn how Russell Library can best serve the Middletown community in the coming years.   Plan to come to one of the Library's two public forums.  The forums are open to all members of the public.  If you are invited to participate in a focus group, please attend and do speak up.  In addition, you can help in the planning effort by completing a brief survey that will be available in print and online.

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