Strategic Plan

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in our community survey and/or the strategic planning process.  We have put a lot of thought into coming up with a plan for the next three years that addresses the needs of our community.  Please take a moment to check it out, and remember that we are still and always open to your thoughts, needs and suggestions.

Lonsdale Public Library Strategic Plan
2018 – 2021

Community Engagement Focus Area

Goal: Increase awareness of library services and build community partnerships

Objectives:

  1. Boost community awareness of library and its services
  2. Expand outreach offerings to meet community needs
  3. Increase community partnerships
  4. Create a Friends of the Library group
  5. Grow opportunities for volunteers
Operations Focus Area

Goal: Amplify the library as place and staff as resources

Objectives:

  1. Review and revise library environment to maximize its potential for patron use
  2. Establish best practices for staff development
  3. Maximize library funding and resources
  4. Enhance and/or expand public service hours
Programming Focus Area

Goal: Cultivate program offerings to meet varied ages and interests

Objectives:

  1. Grow adult programming
  2. Increase tweens and teens programming
  3. Expand children’s programming
  4. Build family-friendly services and programs
Collections Focus Area

Goal: Evolve the collection to meet diverse community needs and interests

Objectives:

  1. Enrich collection offerings
  2. Expand alternative collection offerings
  3. Develop a local history collection

 

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is September 23-29.  It’s the time every year when libraries and other book lovers celebrate our right to read!

Books are still being banned and challenged today. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials.

While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

Lonsdale Public Library is celebrating by inviting you to a blind date with a banned book.  Check out your book, unwrap it, and enjoy reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hands-On Science!

Parents of pre-schoolers, don’t forget that we have Hands-On Science the first Wednesday of every month at 10:30 am.  Kids can play, explore and not even realize that they’re learning along the way.  September 5th will be a cooking theme and October 3rd we will learn about fall.

Summer Reading Wrap-Up

Well, that’s it.   Summer Reading 2018 is complete.  Here are some final numbers.

Kids signed up: 307
Kids who finished all four levels: 91 (
Ages of participants: 2 months – 17 years
Programs offered in these six weeks (including storytimes): 28
Total attendance at those programs: 786

We want to thank everyone who made it great.

Subway, who donated lots of cookies and kids’ meals.  You made many kids happy!

Casey’s, who donated yummy ice cream treats.  You, too, made kids happy!

Mackenthun’s, who donated all of the pizzas and drinks for the opening day pizza party.  You made kids and grown-ups happy!

The Lonsdale Lions who cooked and served all those pizzas.  You made everybody happy!

Ron Kadrlik, whose music made our ice cream social a success!

The Domácí Czech Dancers, who taught us about traditional Czech and Slovak dances!

Jim Jayes,  whose humor and magic delighted all ages!

Jim Gerholdt of Remarkable Reptiles, who shared his knowledge and his scaly friends!

 

Siama and Dallas, who shared the songs and stories of the Congo, causing us all great joy!

To every parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, babysitter, older sibling, daycare provider and friend who brought a kid into the library.  We couldn’t do it without you!

And finally to all 307 kids and young people who signed up and participated.  Thank you for reading,  playing, learning, creating and building our future one book at a time!  See you next year and keep on reading.