Library panels seek ideas from public

YOUNGSTOWN -- Two library committees -- building and sites and long-range planning -- have decided community feedback will be a focus for 2002.
Carlton Sears, director of the Public Library of Youngstown & amp; Mahoning County, said that while the new Poland Library prepares to open and an Austintown branch is under construction, serious studies of the needs of other branches have been in the works.
Feedback will be sought particularly for Youngstown city branches and some suburban branches.
Studies and cost estimates for projects throughout the library system began last year.
Sears told trustees he has been studying the local branches and service models from other areas in an attempt to see if services offered at libraries in other areas could be beneficial here.
He said several libraries being studied seem to be providing a more meaningful role in their respective communities.
Service models include such concepts as libraries with larger anchor branches and a more focused role for smaller branches, a technology-access project focusing on assistance with technology and homework, and family learning projects that incorporate parent-child interaction as a building block for learning and literacy.
Another important piece of the project would be to seek funding, Sears said.

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