Bellingham Public Library wants community feedback to help develop future strategy

The Bellingham Public Library is seeking community input to develop its five-year strategic plan.

The public is invited to attend one of two community open houses to meet with library trustees and managers to discuss the services they’d like the library to offer this year and during the planning period from 2013 to 2017.

The library is also conducting an online survey through July 9.

The Community Open Houses will be held:

-Wednesday, June 20 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Fireplace Room at the Fairhaven Branch Library, 1117 12th St., Bellingham.

-Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lecture Room at the Central Library, 210 Central Ave., Bellingham.

“We’ll have stations set up around the room for the public to speak informally with us about Bellingham Public Library’s mission and values, our analysis of our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and current and future library services,” said library director Pamela Kiesner in a press release. “We’re interested in an open dialog—a conversation, so we can really understand the best way to serve our community.”

The library welcomes input from Bellingham residents of all ages, including people who do not currently use the library.

The events are open houses, so people can drop by at any point.

“It’s a small investment of your time and can make a big impact on the way the Bellingham Public Library serves you in the future,” Keisner said. “We hope people will spread the word and encourage friends and neighbors to attend an open house or complete the survey.”

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