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Halikias: And the Lisle Library survey says...

In "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People", Stephen Covey suggests beginning activities with an understanding of where you would like to be.  

In order to cost-efficiently manage our resources, we are delaying a few major projects to take a thoughtful look at what not only needs to be done, but also what should be done.  

Lisle Library staff and the board of trustees have ideas about what we need, but we want to know what our community members want from their library.

At the end of August and through September, community members will have an opportunity to provide feedback in a short survey. It will be available on a computer at the library's Connection Desk, in paper form in the library, on our website and on our social media. We welcome additional comments!

Among the areas where we want feedback is about our parking lot.

The traffic pattern leads up a blind curve on a one way street, there are no drop-off points, not enough parking and especially not enough handicapped parking. When patrons exit the lot they are driving over a sidewalk walkway without realizing it is there, an especially hazardous place.  

We want to develop a plan that will carry us 10 to 20 years forward, instead of a band-aid solution that would result in additional future expense. 

The facilities and land planning committee has completed an analysis of modern standards for libraries, taken a close look at our library, and reached out to and visited other libraries to gather ideas.  

Our building is far behind modern standards for space, service and technology. In some areas, we are out of space. Our building is back in the early 80's, and like all buildings, we must continually update.   

I hope you will take a few minutes to complete the survey and include your voice in the future direction of our decisions.

Thank you for your time and help, and we look forward to seeing what the survey says!   

Shannon Halikias is director of the Lisle Library District.

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