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Library, community collaborate on long-range plan <p>

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PEPPERELL — Lawrence Library is preparing its first-ever long-range plan to develop a strategy to better serve its community’s needs and allocate resources effectively.

The library is requesting input for the plan from Pepperell residents through different means: a townwide postcard survey mailing, an online survey, and focus groups that will provide a snap shot of the community.

In addition, a 10-member planning board composed of a diverse population of residents will analyze the market research report and provide input to help create common goals.

“The planning board will have input into the vision they have for the community and how that vision can evolve into a process to help the library develop goals and objectives,” said library Director Ann Parsons. “This process puts the library in touch with what the community wants.”

To ensure the library is developing goals that speak to the entire community, the library asks that the postcard survey mailer be returned by Monday, Oct. 10 and the online survey be completed by Friday, Oct. 14. The survey can be found at www.lawrencelibrary.org.

This is the public’s opportunity to be a part of the planning process to achieve community goals.

Once the library’s board of trustees approves the completed long-range plan, it will go through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners approval process to allow the library to apply for the necessary grants to implement the new services identified by the library’s long-range plan.

Focus groups, surveys and coordination of the long-range planning process are being facilitated by Extra Mile Design in Pepperell, an agency specializing in marketing and communications for libraries.

The Lawrence Library holds over 48,000 books, tapes, CDs, videos and DVDs, and it has many magazine, newspaper and database subscriptions.

In 2004, library users checked out more than 166,000 items, and 6,587 people attended one or more of its 300 special programs or events.

For information, visit www.lawrencelibrary.org, call (978) 433-0330 or visit the library, 15 Main Street, for free Internet access.

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