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Public feedback shaping library's future

Don Fennell   May-01-2018

Artist Tiaré Jung illustrates public input at the Richmond Public Library's April 25 open house.

Photo by Jaana Björk


They form one of the most important sectors of the population, yet also one of the hardest to reach. So seeing the number of teens engaged in the Richmond Public Library’s open house April 25 was a huge victory in the eyes of staff.

“We wanted to reach everyone, but I was particularly pleased to see a lot of teens rolling up their sleeves and being part of (the public consultation),” said library co-ordinator Stephanie Vokey.

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“I noticed that while they may have mostly been coming in to study, they were drawn in to check out the stations,” she told The Richmond Sentinel. “There was a lot of energy, and I noticed a lot of the teens working together. One example was an exercise in which people were asked to rank the different library services in order of what was most important to them.”

Last week’s open house was one of several public consultations the library has planned over the next two months. A number of focus groups are planned this month, and in June the library will use the city’s platform Let’s Talk Richmond for a discussion survey. All of the feedback will be collected to form a strategic plan expected to be released this fall.

VisitPublic Consultation 2018to learn more.


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