The mission of the Norwood Public Library is to assure effective, expanding free library services for the residents of the Library District through educational, informational, and cultural resources and activities.

The Norwood Public Library reaches out to the members of its district and surrounding communities to provide resources to facilitate learning, knowledge, communication, acquisition of information and, above all, the pure, absolute joy of reading. In response to the interests and requirements of its patrons, and the ever-changing advances in technology, the library is the physical location for computer and internet access and thoughtfully selected books, magazines, audio-books, movies, music and e-media, housed in clean, comfortable surroundings. The atmosphere is welcoming and encouraging, and the staff is educated, knowledgeable and friendly. Special emphasis is placed on books, materials, and special programs directed towards children and young adults to create an early and solid foundation on which to build the love of reading which will last a lifetime.

Long Range Plan

Goals, Objectives & Actions

Goal #1: Provide 21st century literacies

Objective: Equip patrons of all ages with the tools they need to succeed and to enrich their daily lives.

Action steps:

  • Promote digital literacy through programming, including eReader, coding, videoconferencing, cyber awareness, responsible online usage, and app classes.
  • Add tutorials to the online catalog and library website on how to navigate the library website.
  • Continue early literacy initiatives through story times, special programming, and collection development.

Goal #2: Promote Inclusion and Reach Underserved Populations

Objective: Increase patron usage and access to the library‚Äôs resources. Convey the message that libraries are for everyone.  

Action Steps:

  • Focus on EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion) during collection development and expand collection to include community needs.
  • Increase outreach to homebound patrons and maintain flexibility to meet current community needs, including curbside service.
  • Increase digital programming.
  • Reach patrons through monthly e-newsletters and an annual report.
  • Expand website content.
  • Conduct regular community surveys and request feedback from patrons.

Goal #3 Strengthen Community Connections

Objective: Make use of our community resources and encourage the community to utilize library resources.

Action Steps:

  • Showcase local creativity through programs and displays.
  • Strengthen community partnerships.
  • Participate in local events, advertising library services.
  • Lend digital equipment to assist local organizations and businesses.
  • Educate the community about the digital resources available at the library.
  • Continue literacy programming for children.
  • Expand teen programming and promote the Teen Advisory Board.
  • Encourage lifelong learning through diverse programming geared toward adults, including author talks, genealogical/historical classes, and special interest events.

Goal #4 Professional Development for Trustees/Staff

Objective: Promote an informed and proactive leadership.

Action steps:

  • Trustees will maintain familiarity with the current NYLA trustee handbook.
  • Board participation in NCLS/NYLA workshops, seminars, conferences, and webinars.
  • Director participation in NYLA and NCLS workshops.

Goal #5: Improve Physical Space

Objective: Provide an efficient, attractive, organized, and comfortable space for the community to use.

Action Steps:

  • Expand use of outdoor space, including developing the Memorial Garden, holding outdoor programming, posting story walks, and encouraging the community to make use of the gazebo and lawn.
  • Investigate sustainable alternative energy by installing solar panels.
  • Replace dated ceilings in the Main Reading Room.

Goal #6: Secure Additional Funding

Objective: Assure sustainability of library operations through increased funding.

Action Steps:

  • Promote donation opportunities, including Amazon Smile and donation buttons on website.
  • Request additional funding from the Norwood Public Library Special District tax base when needed.
  • Apply for grants from public, private, and government organizations.

Approved: March 18, 2021