Linton Public Library Director Shelley Williams is encouraging locals to attend an upcoming meeting -- which concerns the library's long-range plan.
"This meeting is to give the public a chance to voice their opinions about how the library can serve them better over the course of the next five years," Williams explained.
The long-range plan is a requirement for receiving funds and services from the state and the state library and helps the board and staff plan for work and budgets over the next five years, she added.
The meeting is slated for 7 p.m. on April 5 in the Linton Public Library's program room.
"We need to hear from people who use the library to find out what they want, people who do not use the library to see if there are any unmet needs there, and youth to also get their input about how they receive information and what changes we can address," Williams explained.
She also hopes to receive feedback from the public in regards to its overall knowledge about library services as well as input on what services work well and what ones do not.
"(We want) to see if the public knows about the services we do provide and if not, why not. We (also) want to find out about changes people know about for the future that we may not be anticipating," she added.
Williams also encourages those who do not use the library to also attend the meeting.
"We are very concerned about meeting the needs of our community and want to make sure we are finding out what the community wants. For this reason, we also need to hear from people who do not use the library and get information about why not," she explained. "It may be as simple as they have internet service and they purchase the books they want and that's OK. But, if they do not come here because we do not provide what they need, we want to find out about that."
Improvements that are needed within the next five years will be discussed, but budget cuts will be an obstacle in meeting all needs.
"We are also very aware that due to budget cuts, we may not be able to meet everyone's needs the way they want, but we have to plan ways to make improvements as cost effectively as possible. The information we gather will also be taken into consideration for our budget planning," Williams added.
The meeting will be facilitated by certified planning consultant, David Benefiel, AICP of Linton. Interested persons, library patrons, community leaders, and area youth are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact the Linton Public Library at 847-7802.