Residents will have programs and services that promote appreciation and understanding of their personal heritage and the heritage of others in the community
Patrons of the community with limited English skills will use the library to improve their skills in all areas of literacy including English language skills, cultural, and reading skills.
Objective 1: In 2015, the library staff will provide tutoring classes in English on a one-to-one basis to provide for specific needs of the learner. This will be offered once a week to individuals on an ‘as needed’ basis.
Objective 2: In 2015, library staff will offer a literacy class, speaking and reading for adults with limited English ability at least once a week
Objective 3: In cooperation with the Extension Service, the library will provide a six week family Storyteller program and a six week bilingual story teller program for Spanish language speakers once during the fall of 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Objective 4: By 2017, patrons of the community will have Mango Languages available to them through the library website. This language course will allow all learners to work on language skills, including English language learning, as desired, at their own pace.
Objective 5: Patrons who are citizens of other countries will have the opportunity to prepare for United States citizenship by using library resources such as Learning Express’ “Become a U.S. Citizen”. The library staff will provided classes as needed on a month-to-month basis.
All patrons of the community will have the opportunity to celebrate the similarities and diversity of different cultures that are represented in the community as well as around the world.
Objective 1: The library staff will provide a one-day “Día de Los Niños” event for all patrons to experience a variety of activities, crafts, and storytelling from the Hispanic culture in May of 2015, 2016, and 2017. By 2016 the library will apply for a grant to improve the amount and kinds of activities it offers for this program.
Objective 2: The library staff partnering with various local cultural groups will provide a “Holidays Around the World” event for homeschool families in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Patrons from different cultures will be invited to share information, stories, and cultural activities for these families.
Objective 3: The library will increase the number of Spanish language materials it offers for patrons by 1-5% in each year of this plan, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Objective 4: The library staff will develop a Poetry Garden and a short story in Spanish/English, placed on posts outside the library, to be used during the “Día De Los Niños”.
Objective 5: The library will partner with Community Health Partners to develop a “Story Walk” on the Puddle Jumper trail. We will use a multilingual story, English and Spanish. This Story Walk will also include physical activities for walkers as they enjoy the trail.
Hispanic Patrons with little or no English ability will find services, information and help at the library in their own language.
Objective 1: By 2017, the library will hire a part-time staff member who is fluent in Spanish and English to provide reference services, technology help, and other individualized assistance.
Objective 2: By 2017, the library will include Spanish language advertisements on Twitter, Facebook, and radio announcements about library services.
Discover Your Roots
Residents and visitors will have the resources they need to connect the past with the present through their family histories and to understand the history and traditions of the community.
Citizens of all ages will use the library to discover the history of the community.
Objective 1: In 2015, the library will host a presentation on local genealogical resources for patrons of all ages.
Objective 2: In 2015-2017, the library will purchase 5-10 materials per year, relating to local history for either students or adults.
Objective 3: In 2016, partnering with the Sioux Center Public Library, a local genealogist will present an on-site, hands-on workshop on how to use local history resources and tools.
Citizens of all ages will use the library to discover Midwestern historical resources.
Objective 1: In 2015, partnering with the Orange City Arts Council and the Sioux County Museum, the library will host Judy Thompson’s Homestead Series art show to showcase regional history.
Objective 2: In 2015, the library will invite the Sioux County Museum in to share items from their collection relating to the founding of Orange City
Adult patrons will be exposed to technological resources that can be used in genealogical research.
Objective 1: In 2016 and 2017, partnering with the staff of Northwestern College’s Learning Commons, the library will provide instruction in technological genealogy resources.
Residents will have the services and support they need to express themselves by creating original print, video, audio or visual content in a real-world or online environment
Patrons will use the library to be creative in writing, drawing, and creating digital content.
Objective 1: In 2015, the Library will provide all patrons with access to materials for creating items. The materials will be placed on a cart and offered for use one day per week, which will coincide with early out days. The items offered, which will expand and change as the program evolves, may include items like duct tape, crayons, construction paper, Popsicle sticks, etc. We will also display an idea board to spark creativity in users and plan to recruit Northwestern College art students to assist.
Objective 2: In 2015, the Library will cover one table in the teen department and one table in the children’s department with butcher paper to encourage writing and drawing.
Objective 3: In 2015, the Library will purchase a machine that patrons can use to convert VHS tapes to DVD.
Objective 4: In 2016 or 2017, the Library will purchase a Mac computer and video production software for teens, adults, and staff to use in making their own videos for homework, promotional tools, movie making, and experimentation.
Objective 5: In 2015, partnering with the Arts Council, the Library will provide a yearlong/ summer long program for students in a variety of art related pursuits. The Library will provide a space for students to display their work.
Provide a mural in an area of the Library that will spark interest and conversation.
Objective 1: In 2016 or 2017, the Library will commission a mural, for a large wall space to be determined, that will incorporate elements that will encourage a love of literature and discovery.
Provide area teens with programming that will encourage learning over the summer break.
Objective 1: In the summer of 2015 and beyond, the Library will develop and offer gaming programs for teen users, including new learners, utilizing staff familiar with popular games.
Objective 2: In 2015, the Library will incorporate one new teen program related to the Summer Reading Program theme.
Objective 3: In 2015, the Library will invite teens participating in the 2015 Summer Reading Program to assist with the carnival finale in the Park by manning booths.
Objective 4: In 2015, the Library, along with teen and adult patrons, will participate in Orange City’s annual Tulip Festival Parade promoting services and programs.
Visit a Comfortable Space
Residents will have safe, welcoming physical places to meet and interact with others or to sit quietly to read and will have open and accessible virtual spaces that support networking.
Library users will have a beautiful library which serves diverse groups of patrons and is easy to navigate.
Objective 1: In 2015, the library will be evaluated by a design firm and will receive recommendations of how to best use the available space to meet the goals of the library and its users, which will guide the specifics of Goals 2 – 7.
Objective 2: By 2016, the library will install directional signage indicating areas of the building and collection.
Objective 3: By 2016, the library will “freshen up” areas of the library with paint, furniture, and fixtures in public spaces and restrooms.
Objective 4: In 2015, the circulation desk will feature two self-checkout stations, a check-in station, and a staff work station.
Adults in the community will find a comfortable and functional professional meeting space for individuals and groups at the library.
Objective 1: In 2015, the library will improve the wireless network range and speed throughout all areas of the library for personal and professional use.
Objective 2: In 2015-2016, the library will provide technology for public use suitable for professional presentations, e.g. smart TVs in basement & Reickhoff room, moveable whiteboard, etc.
Objective 3: In 2016, the library will replace the tables and chairs available in the meeting rooms with easier to move and store, and more comfortable furniture.
Objective 4: In 2015, the library will evaluate its current system for reserving rooms and reservation price structure, with changes to policy and procedure made as decided.
Parking options around the library for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians will be increased or improved.
Objective 1: In 2016, the library will pave a grassy area to the west of the library, designate it as bike & stroller parking, and install permanent bicycle racks.
Objective 2: In 2015, the library will advertise its alley parking and county lot parking for patrons.
Objective 3: In 2015, the library will investigate the option of diagonal parking along Albany Ave. with the city administration.
All patrons will find comfortable seating and work space at the library.
Objective 1: In 2016, the library will replace two four top tables and chairs with comfortable seating featuring swivel table tops and outlets in the main collection area.
Objective 2: By 2017, the library will replace the research computers with up to date hardware and software, including printing capabilities.
Objective 3: By 2016, the library will install tinted sun shades on the windows in the magazine reading area.
Objective 4: By 2016, the library will replace the chairs in the magazine reading area with more chairs.
Objective 5: By 2017, the library will invest in taller carrels around the public PCs to improve patron privacy.
Objective 6: In 2015, the library will provide laptops and tablets to be checked out in-house for patron use, with wireless printing capability.
Teens will have a designated and comfortable space to congregate and work.
Objective 1: By 2016, the library will install comfortable seating in the northeast corner of the building in a color coordinating but distinct from the rest of the library seating.
Objective 2: By 2016, the library will install a smart TV and 2-3 game stations for teen use.
Objective 3: By 2016, the library will add 20 electrical outlets throughout the library, concentrated in the teen space, magazine area, and meeting rooms.
Objective 4: By 2016, the library will install sound dampeners in the teen area so as not to disturb other patrons.
Objective 5: By 2016, the library will devise a way to display teen art and notifications in a creative way.
Parents and their children will enjoy an educational and comfortable space to interact with early literacy resources.
Objective 1: In 2015, the library will hold story times in a meeting room rather than the kids’ room.
Objective 2: In 2016, the library will install 3 early literacy, technology free stations throughout the kids’ room.
Objective 3: In 2016, the library will remove internet capable computers from the kids’ room.
Objective 4: By 2017, the library will purchase extra wide comfortable chairs for parents to sit with their children.
Objective 5: By 2017, the library will investigate options for artwork in the kids’ room, whether rotating children’s art or a permanent installation.
Objective 6: By 2017, either the kid’s room or the kids section will feature an art installation or mural appealing to children.
The library’s online presence will become more user friendly and social media will be utilized to provide the community with up to date information.
Objective 1: By 2016, the library will investigate other platforms to host the library website.
Objective 2: In 2015, the library will switch to a new ILS.
Objective 3: By 2017, the library will increase its followers on Facebook and Twitter by 100-300%.
Objective 4: In 2015, the library will create a plan for more staff to post to Facebook and Twitter, and for posts to be made more frequently and with more varied content.
Objective 5: In 2016, the library will streamline the use of various digital downloads and services subscribed to by the library on the behalf of its patrons.
Objective 6: In 2015, the library will install a smart TV behind the circulation desk for advertising and announcements.