Hoping to continue to grow within the community, the James V. Brown Library board of directors adopted a new strategic plan Thursday.
After reviewing it for the past few months, the board voted 4-0 to adopt the plan, which was presented by Rob Steele, executive director of the Community Arts Center. Steele served as a consultant for the plan.
Steele said he has seen the commitment the staff has to creating a good environment in the library and that will serve it well. He added that he has had an enjoyable experience working with the library.
"It has been, in my experience, one of the most fulfilling experiences," he said.
Steele said the development department and educational series the library has gives it "strong momentum," going forward.
He also commended the library for taking advantage of opportunities to get involved in the community. One event Steele mentioned seeing the library at Saturday's Grower's Market. He said he was impressed when he saw a carpet with people reading to children.
"I said, 'That is beautiful,' " Steele said, of when he saw the library at the market.
Steele said it's important for the community to "see your organization in action." It also is important to have programs that serve all age groups.
"We (at the CAC) try to make sure we're not forgetting anyone," he said.
He also suggested inviting guests, such as the county commissioners, to see the library's programs in action. He said this will show how valueable the programs are to the community.
Also important is for people to feel "great" when they come to the library.
"It's a part of the day you really look forward to when you come to the James V. Brown Library," Steele said.
In other news, Robin Glossner, development coordinator, announced that Sept. 27th's Author Gala featuring author Adriana Trigiani is sold out.
"It's been a long time since we've been in that position," Glossner told the board.
She added that there is a waiting list with people who would like to buy a ticket if one would be available. When asked why this year's event is so popular, Glossner said the author is very popular and, "people really love her."