Public Library to Host Community Conversations
updated: Jan 11, 2017, 1:46 PM
Source: Santa Barbara Public Library
Libraries are evolving. While lending books and providing internet access will always be core Library services,
changes in technology and the way information is shared create challenges and opportunities that Santa
Barbara Public Library is prepared to address.
The Santa Barbara Public Library is committed to continuing to provide innovative events and services that
meet the needs of the community, as well as deepening the impact of the work we do to make positive
changes in Santa Barbara.
To this end, staff from Santa Barbara Public Libraries will be hosting several community conversations over
the coming months. These conversations are intended to be a chance for the library to better understand
people's aspirations for the community, the concerns they have, and what they believe might make a
difference in strengthening the community.
"These conversations are a way for us to take the temperature of the community. By focusing on the vision
that members of the community have, rather than a specific topic or issue, we hope to distill those broad,
common themes that resonate with a wide spectrum of people, and let those themes inform the work we do.
By listening to people tell us about their hopes for the future and what they believe needs to change in their
community, we can create strategies that truly meet their needs and have impact in their lives", said Library
Director, Jessica Cadiente.
While the Library can't promise that any new initiatives or programs will emerge from these conversations,
the information will help inform the Library's strategic plan and our goals for helping meet the information and
education needs of the community.
Santa Barbara Public Library invites members of the public to participate in a guided conversation facilitated
by Library staff that will help the Library, the City, and other community organizations plan for the future.
Additional dates will be added in the future.
Conversations will be held:
· Wednesday, January 25th, 5:30 pm at Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu
· Saturday, February 4th, noon at Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu
For questions or to RSVP for a meeting, please contact Molly Wetta at (805) 564-5642 or
If you are a member of a group - a book club, a parenting organization, a civic club, a neighborhood
association, or any group that would be interested in participating in a conversation, contact Molly Wetta at
(805) 564-5642 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a conversation.
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