Saturday, November 30, 2013

Holidays, Happenings and Surveys at the Library

Two pieces of news from the Pottstown Regional Public Library, both of which represent things to do -- one to do for your kids, and one to do for the library.

First up:

As we've said in this space before, the picture tells the story.
Second, here is something you can do for the library:

How do you like the Pottstown Regional Public Library?

What do you think of its services; the building which serves as its home; its book, music and movie collections?

The people who run the library want to know and they are providing a way for you to share your opinions in a constructive manner.

An on-line survey has been posted at — — which allows patrons and non-patrons alike to rank the library, its staff, its infrastructure and its services.

The survey can also be accessed from the library’s web site:

For those who do not want to take the survey on-line, Executive Director Susan Davis said a paper version of the survey will be available at the library.

The purpose of the survey is not only to provide general input, but also to help guide the library’s next strategic plan.

Put together every five years or so, the strategic plan helps guide the library’s investment and goals for the coming years.

Examples of results from previous strategic plans have included the introduction of U.S. Passport services at the library, as well as the new roof put on this spring, as well as outreach efforts on Facebook and other social media.

Funding for the new roof was obtained, in part, because of its inclusion in the library’s previous strategic plan.

(Full disclosure: Mercury reporter Evan Brandt is a member of the library’s strategic planning committee.)

Elements under consideration for the draft strategic plan include improved technology, better partnerships with surrounding towns and with area schools, and improvements to the library building.
A bird's-eye view of the roof of the Pottstown Regional Public Library

Built in 1916 as a U.S. Post Office, the building was acquired for the library in 1961, when an
extensive renovation was undertaken to convert the post office into a public library.

Leaks in the roof made the third floor of the landmark building unusable.

Now that the new leak-proof roof has been installed, the strategic plan will likely look at how best to make use of the additional space available on the third floor.

But its not too late for you, the public, to have your say.

Results from the survey will influence the final form of the strategic plan.

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