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Release Date: 01/28/2010

Public invited to attend 'Citywide Conversations' in March to help plan future Library services

Members of the public are invited to attend "community conversations" in March to help The Seattle Public Library plan for evolving Library patron needs and to prioritize limited resources. Everyone is welcome.

The dates and locations of the five community conversations are as follows:


  • Noon to 2 p.m. Monday, March 1, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 3, Living Room (206-386-4636)
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, Northgate Branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E. (206-386-1980)
  • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, High Point Branch, 3411 S.W. Raymond St. (206-684-7454)
  • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 6, Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W. (206-684-4089)
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, Beacon Hill Branch, 2821 Beacon Ave. S. (206-684-4711).


In an effort to be accessible to the most number of people, the community conversations are designed as open houses. People can drop in at any time during the two-hour period. Participants will be encouraged to "think big" about the future of the Library. The format will include several stations for patrons to comment on Library services today, what they might be in the future and the role of the Library in the community.

The community conversations mark the beginning of the Library's development of a strategic plan. Using the theme, "My Library: The Next Generation," the strategic planning process will engage the community and Library staff throughout 2010 to explore the future of the Library. Input from the community conversations will help identify focus areas for the plan. The project is made possible by a grant from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

The Seattle Public Library recently completed a 10-year project to rebuild library facilities through the voter-approved "Libraries for All" program. The program resulted in the world-renowned Central Library and 26 new or renovated branches.

With updated facilities that are welcoming and equipped for the modern library user, the Library has turned its attention to ensuring the services and resources it provides meet patron needs and expectations.

"Particularly during this challenging economic time, and knowing that technology has changed the ways people access information, it's important that we be intentional and strategic in how we move forward and determine the services that are most relevant to the community," said City Librarian Susan Hildreth.

Hildreth and representatives from the Library Board will attend all five community conversations.

Visit www.spl.org and select "Strategic Planning" from the Quick Links section for more information. You can also email: strategicplan@spl.org or contact Eve Sternberg, project lead, 206-386-1119.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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