Study Circles to focus on library patrons' needs

A series of study circles initiated by the Haakon County Public Library Board of Directors will begin this week to gain a clear vision of library services needed in Haakon County.

Six study circle groups will meet three times each in the next few weeks. Four of the study circles will be comprised of residents in and near Philip and one each in the Milesville and Midland areas.

Times and locations for the study circles are Monday, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Senechal lobby; Tuesday, 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m., Haakon County Courthouse Community Room; Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Haakon County Courthouse Community Room and Milesville Hardingrove Evangelical Free Church; Thursday, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Philip Senechal Lobby and in Midland with the location yet to determined.

Currently there are 45 individuals signed up to particpate in the study circles. More residents are needed to particpate in the program. If interested contact Alison Kattelmann at 859-2442.

A trained facilitator will conduct the meetings. The first meeting for each study circle will discuss current library services within Haakon County and what the community's

vision for library services would entail. This may include library programming, building features, such as computer room, education room, historical area, and also the structure itself.

The second meeting will start with a review of the first meeting, advantages and disadvantages of those points and challenges involved in meeting the vision. The third meeting will focus on ways to make the vision happen.

County residents will then have the opportunity to attend a community meeting is tentatively set for Tuesday, March 25th at 6:30 p.m. at the school. It will be facilitated by an Horizons program individual. A representative from each study circle will present their visions for the library. A discussion will follow on which are realistic and could be implemented.