As part of Elmhurst Public Library's 10th anniversary celebration in October, we put together a display that chronicled the process of constructing EPL’s “new” building. We showed the history of the actions leading up to the referendum, the construction of the building, and highlighted the programs, awards, and notable events of the last 10 years.
On the last display board, we asked you to write our future. What would EPL look like in the next 10 years? We’ve enjoyed reading your feedback, on everything from computer software suggestions to ideas about new items in More than Mocha, our in-house coffee bar. A common theme we saw were suggestions about adding new programming to make EPL your ideal public library.
We already host a variety of programs. In the next few months, a small smattering of programs include a holiday harp concert, a class on WordPress, book discussions, a practice ACT test for high schoolers – programs truly for all ages. We have storytimes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age kids. We target middle school and high school students with programs to help them succeed in school and develop as readers. We host a variety of adult programs as well, from job counseling to Lyric Opera lectures to knitting clubs to business enrichment programs for professionals.
But we need your help! What programs do you want to see at EPL? We’re open to new ideas and welcome them. For example, at a recent Pinterest computer class, a participant suggested we lead a program on Twitter. As a result, a class about Twitter fundamentals is scheduled for January.
So, is there a skill you’d like to improve? A special interest you’d like to develop? We’re listening! Share your thoughts with us at elmlib.org/askus.
Cheryl Moore is public information coordinator at Elmhurst Public Library.