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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 mwetta@santabarbaraca.gov.

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 mwetta@santabarbaraca.gov to schedule a conversation.


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