To the Editor:
It was good to see the space you allotted to our Island libraries’ activities [Libraries off-season: more than just books, March 29]. All year, our libraries serve a key role in the community, by not just offering a stimulating community center, but also a place where curiosities of all kinds can be nurtured by checking out an endless array of sources – books, eBooks, audiobooks, CDs, periodicals, DVDs, and a wealth of databases on the Internet.
What your article did not mention is another factor, often overlooked, but equally important in shaping a library’s relationship with the community it serves. Every five years, libraries in our state must submit a long-range plan to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). Besides acting as an effective tool for defining a library’s goals based on community needs, libraries must have an approved long-range plan on file with the MBLC, in order to apply for Library Services and Technology Act funds and the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program, both critical for the library’s sustainability.
The Vineyard Haven Public Library is currently involved in its long-range planning process, with its plan due to the MBLC, on October 1. To be viable for the community, our plan must reflect the input from our diverse population. I urge Tisbury residents and all those who call our library an educational haven to fill out our survey available on our website (www.surveymonkey.com/s/vhlib) or at the circulation desk.
We want and need to hear from you. Be a part of the process and make your voice heard.
Long Range Planning Committee
Vineyard Haven Public Library