Over the last 11 weeks we have collected all of the feedback we have been hearing from the community about the building process. We stationed our first floor greeter table, as well as hosted a station at four Downtown Appleton Farm Markets for a total of 64 hours. Through collecting this data, we have gathered input from just over 1,200 community members. We would like to thank you for providing your opinions and questions to us.
Located to the left, and attached below, is a bar graph summarizing the community feedback. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at (920) 832-1695 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be stationed at our greeter table one more time, November 4 from 12:00-2:00 pm and invite you to stop by and ask questions or provide your input.
The Friends of the Appleton Public Library is hosting its Fall Book Sale Friday, November 21 and Saturday November 22 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The sale will feature several thousand of items, including: fiction and non-fiction books, children’s books, videotapes, audiotapes and other media materials. A majority of items are priced at $1 or less. Proceeds from the book sale support the Appleton Public Library.
Friends of the library are invited to shop the early bird pre-sale Thursday, November 20 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. To become a Friend visit the Friends webpage or contact Friends Executive Director, Jan Quinlan at (920) 832-3931.
One of our frequently asked questions is about funding for a new Appleton Public Library. During the October 1 City of Appleton Common Council meeting, Mayor Hanna released his budget which includes $30 million for the library project, spread over a three-year period. The funding in his budget breaks down to $5 million for 2015, and $12.5 million for 2016 and 2017. Council will have a month to review the entire City of Appleton budget. A public comment session is part of the budget process and is scheduled for November 5 at 6:00 pm at City Hall. The entire budget is available for viewing online on the City of Appleton website, or via paper in City Hall or here at the library.
R. David Lankes, professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies once tweeted, “Bad libraries build collections. Good libraries build services (of which a collection is one). Great libraries build communities.” Here at Appleton Public Library, we take those 127 characters to heart and strive to build communities every day.
With the help of our community, we have created a new vision and strategies that are based on this notion, because every single person in our community deserves a great library. Our facility plays an important role in how successfully we can implement our vision and strategies. With your help, we have decided that to be successful, we need a new facility, and the best location for that new facility is in the area of Appleton that will bridge the waterfront to the downtown area.