Ilsley Library seeks feedback on its plan

MIDDLEBURY — Ilsley Public Library is seeking input from the community on its new strategic plan.
Library trustees have adopted a new strategic plan that they call “Ilsley Library: Discover, Read, Create.” After surveying the community, consulting with experts and visiting forward-thinking libraries throughout the region over the last year, trustees established three guiding principles:
•  Ilsley is welcoming to all.
•  Ilsley is Middlebury’s hub for reading, technology and community.
•  Ilsley enriches the lives of children and youth.
Along with each of these principles are several framework goals, which people can read by visiting the “About Us” link at and choosing “Strategic Plan.”
But the planning is far from over. To expand upon the principles and framework goals, members of the public are invited to attend one of two feedback sessions scheduled for this week. The first will be held Wednesday, Jan. 6, from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Ilsley Library and second on Thursday, Jan. 7, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Sarah Partridge Library in East Middlebury.
Library trustees and Director Kevin Unrath will be on hand to present the research and thought that went into the plan, but the focus will be on getting feedback from the public on what they would like to see from their library in the next several years.
Those who are not able to make either session are invited to submit written comments directly to [email protected] . Library officials stressed that public feedback will help keep Ilsley’s services relevant, focused and strong.

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