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Library district working with consulting firm

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. The Garfield County Library District has hired a professional library consulting firm to help prepare for its future.The firm will advise the newly formed district on how to update its Strategic Plan and develop building programs for needed expansion or replacement of libraries. Interested citizens, library staff, community leaders and the Library Board will participate in strategic planning and building initiatives.”We want to involve as many residents as possible from the county and towns in helping us determine the appropriate services and facilities for their respective libraries, within our financial capacities,” said Cheryl Currier, president of the Garfield County Library District, in a press statement. “There is an opportunity for a broad spectrum of opinions to be considered, along with pertinent statistics and other relevant information such as what is occurring nationally as libraries adapt to the ever-changing needs of society. We are also interested in considering if the new or expanded libraries can act as a catalyst for additional community needs to be accomplished.”One example of those needs is the potential development of a performing arts center in Glenwood Springs.”Conceivably the location of a new library site could act as the trigger for the center to be considered in the same location,” Currier said. “Thereby sharing some common needs such as parking or open space to the benefit of both facilities and the community as a whole.”The meetings take place from Carbondale to Parachute, with the first taking place today at Rifle City Hall.”We will be asking for individuals who will commit to serve on the Community Planning Committee (CPC) for each community,” Currier said. “They do not have to be a library user. We want people who care about their community library – expertise is not necessary.”The first meeting of the six CPCs, one for each community, with the consultants takes place in June.Call the library administration office at 625-4270 for more information.


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