Plan of Service
Long Range Plan 2015-2020 for Sumner Public Library
MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Sumner Public Library is to encourage a desire to read, promote lifelong learning, and provide access to resources and technology for citizens of all ages in a welcoming environment.
SERVICE RESPONSE: Encourage the Desire to Read by Creating Young Readers
GOAL: Children and their caregivers will have materials, programs and services designed to ensure that children will enter school ready to learn, read, write, and listen.
• Begin "1000 Books Before Kindergarten” program, encouraging parents and caregivers to read to their children with the goal of having 1000 books read to each child before they begin kindergarten.
• Partnership with family doctors to encourage parents at each well-baby visit to read to their child. Doctors emphasize to the parent how important reading is for brain development in young children.
• Provide a minimum of one regular story times per week for young children and one additional children’s program or story time per month for children at times convenient for caregivers such as an evening story time or family craft.
• Communicate with daycares and preschools to keep parents informed of library services and programs
• Continue Summer Reading Program for children. Supports new readers by motivating them to keep reading to retain skills over the summer.
• Continue to build relationships with elementary, middle and high school librarians and teachers. Keeping communication open to enhance material selection and familiarize students with online Library resources.
SERVICE RESPONSE: Promote Lifelong Learning Through Library Collection & Programming
GOAL: Residents will have the materials, resources, and programs they need to explore topics of personal interest and continue to learn throughout their lives.
• Maintain an up-to-date collection in all formats through a program of annual weeding, replacement and development for demand and topical coverage.
• Identify issues that concern community members at different life stages and address them through workshops, lectures and programs that may include changing careers, health issues, college planning, etc.
• Partner with other state and local agencies to provide additional resources and information for residents such as: Bremer County Genealogical Society, Bremer County Historical Society, ISU Extension, and Iowaworks Cedar Valley.
• Provide a minimum of six library programs per month for adults.
SERVICE RESPONSE: Provide Access to Resources and Technology for Citizens of All Ages
GOAL: Residents will have access to digital and internet resources through a reliable infrastructure to obtain information, skill building, entertainment, and communication.
• Continue to upgrade the present computers to allow patrons as up-to-date equipment as possible on a five year rotating basis.
• Continue to provide young patrons access to technology by providing an AWE (Advanced Workstations in Education) Literacy Station for their use which features over 4,000 localized learning activities.
• Continue to offer face-to-face and digital learning opportunities to increase the quality of learning and earning potential of the community. (Tech Workshops, Iowa Workforce Development Testing, and Learning Express)
• Increase community awareness of online resources available, Card Catalog and access to own account, LearningExpress, Bridges-eBooks & Audio Books, Freegal downloadable music, EbscoHost periodicals, Sumner Gazette online, etc. through an online presence on Facebook and the library’s website. Updating the online presence and resources on a regular basis to provide the community with current information.
Adopted, November 19, 2015