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From the Director

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By | Category: Library Information

I am delighted to report that the implementation of our strategic plan is not only on track, but ahead of schedule in many areas. With specific goals set for each of the age groups we serve, we are seeing significant improvement in the patron experience. Thank you for your ongoing feedback; your ideas and suggestions make our Library better for everyone.

In 2010, as a means to improve the Library, we conducted a study of our building and grounds which identified some pressing and ongoing needs. Roofing, HVAC, masonry, and window repairs were completed in 2012. We also completed construction on the Anne Smedinghoff Memorial Garden and continue to receive compliments on the beautiful landscaping.

The third element of the study relates to our interior layout and functioning. As you can imagine, library operations have changed a great deal since our building was originally designed in 1929 and remodeled in 1989. Current usage patterns and patron expectations require a reconsideration of space, interior repairs and upgrades. We continue to research optimal design and finance options. A feasibility study will begin soon to test the idea of a capital campaign for both facility improvement and increased funding for our endowment.

As always, our efforts are focused on continually moving RFPL to the next level of excellence. Stay tuned for details and join us on our journey!

Yours in library love.

Sophia Anastos,
Director, River Forest
Public Library

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