BATAVIA – The Batavia Public Library will launch “Speak Up!” on Feb. 1 – a series of town hall community engagement sessions – planned monthly through May to find out what library district residents like or dislike about the library and what they want from their library in the future.
The first session of “Speak Up!” will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Batavia High School cafeteria, according to a news release. Longtime Batavia residents Kathryn Hubbard and Daniel Russo will serve as co-chairpersons of the four sessions.
Subsequent gatherings will be from 7 to 9 p.m. March 1, April 12 and May 10 at the high school, 1201 Main St., Batavia. Each will begin with a brief presentation followed by discussion.
During the first session, Library Director George Scheetz will offer an overview of the library as it is now, covering programs, services, funding, collections and challenges.
District residents will be seated in small groups at tables. After Scheetz’s presentation, participants will be given two to three questions to initiate dialogue at each table. Before the end of the session, the groups will be asked to share highlights of their discussion with everyone.
Hubbard, Russo, Scheetz, other community members and library personnel have been working behind the scenes to prepare for the community engagement sessions.
“We’re hoping for a large turnout,” Scheetz stated in the release. “The success of ‘Speak Up!’ relies on participation from a broad-based representation of community members. The Board of Library Trustees wants to hear from as many people as possible, and we want residents to hear what other residents are saying. Information gathered from the workshops will serve as the basis for a communitywide collaborative vision that will inform the decisions for future Batavia Public Library programs and services.”
All Batavia residents are encouraged to participate in “Speak Up!” A reservation is appreciated at bit.ly/speakuprsvp for planning purposes, but is not required.
For information, call the library at 630-879-1393.