Throughout a nine-month process, the Stowe Free Library Board enlisted the Library Director and Staff, the State Consultant, the Steering Committee, and the Task Force to take on the responsibility of creating a new strategic plan which would guide the Library into the next five years of service. This process resulted in specific goals and objectives that will enable the Library to enhance the services, programs, and resources it provides to the Town of Stowe. The areas of concentration for this plan are Create Young Readers, Connect to the Online World, and Satisfy Curiosity. The Library Director will uphold this strategic plan, and along with the Staff and the Library Board, will make every effort to bring the goals of this plan to fruition.
Throughout this past year Stowe Free Library (SFL) undertook the task of generating a Long Range Plan (LRP) to set goals and objectives as well as guide library activities through the fiscal years 2005 through 2009. Once in place, the LRP will assist in the identification of unmet community needs and utilization of library resources. This endeavor was conducted by a committee consisting of the Board of Trustees and Library Director, and it drew significant input from the Library Staff and many Library Volunteers and members of the community. Various committee members attended monthly sessions of a seminar based on the American Library Association's publication "The New Planning for Results," which was led by Marianne Kotch, Director of Public Library Support Services in the Vermont Department of Libraries. Lessons learned from the seminar provided an essential focus and overall structure to our planning efforts. The committee would like to thank the generous professionals, volunteers and community members who provided so much useful guidance in so candid a fashion
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.Joseph Addison