Given Memorial

Given Memorial Library is unable to expand in its present location next to the Village Green in downtown Pinehurst.

Pinehurst is in the process of assessing our community’s need for library services and needs your input. Between Feb. 18-20, 2020 the village will hold up to four focus groups called Library Community Conversations and is seeking a diverse group of volunteers to share their opinions about and desires for library services.

Volunteers for Library Community Conversations will participate in a small-group round table discussion consisting of 12-15 residents selected from the volunteer applications received, ensuring a diverse representation of village neighborhoods, age ranges, employment status, family status and library patronage. Participants will discuss which library services may be needed and factors that contribute to their use or non-use of current library services.

Each Library Community Conversation will be led by a representative from Library IQ, the consulting firm engaged by Village Council to conduct a library needs assessment.

Each conversation will last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours and volunteers selected will participate in only one Library Community Conversation, with multiple meeting times offered to provide participants with options:

• Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 10-11:30 a.m.

• Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 2-3:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 5:30-7 p.m.

• Thursday, Feb. 20, from 10-11:30 a.m.

Village staff will notify all volunteer applicants if they are selected to participate in a Library Community Conversation by no later than Friday, Jan. 17.

Applications to participate in Library Community Conversations are now available at Engage Pinehurst; at Village Hall, 395 Magnolia Road; and at the Given Memorial Library, 150 Cherokee Road. Residents interested in volunteering for Library Community Conversations should fill out the volunteer application by Dec. 20.

Other ways residents can provide their input and feedback during the library needs assessment include:

* Public Input Workshops: Join the Village Council and staff for one of two Library Public Input Workshops: Feb. 18, from 6-8 p.m. or Feb. 19 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in Assembly Hall, 395 Magnolia Road. Participants will hear a presentation on modern library services and visit stations to indicate how likely they would be to utilize a variety of modern library services.

* Online Survey: Visit the village’s public engagement portal, Engage Pinehurst, in early February 2020 to participate in an online survey for all residents regarding library needs.

*Mailed Survey: A survey administered by ETC Institute will be mailed to a statistically valid sample of Pinehurst residents in March/April 2020.

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Kent Misegades

Keep the library out of the grips of the government.

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