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posted: 1/3/2013 12:31 PM

Grayslake library seeking participants in long-range planning process

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The Grayslake Area Public Library District is creating the next five-year plan and officials are seeking interested community members to participate in the Community Focus Group portion of the planning process.

The group's charge is to review current social, demographic and economic trends that will have a lasting impact on the library and analyze the community's and the library's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

Lastly, the group will select and recommend to the library board a few strategic initiatives they believe should become the primary focus of the library's activities for the next five years.

"This is a great opportunity for community members to share their ideas and have input into future programs and services of their home library," said library director Roberta Thomas.

A broad mix of participants is desired so a variety of approaches and ideas are presented. They can be any age, from high school to senior citizen, male or female, of any ethnic background, or religious affiliation. The more diversity in the group, the better it will reflect the community and help the library serve all its patrons.

Library officials say they want to have at least one committee member who lives in each of the seven communities the district serves.

Participants do not have to be current library card holders or library users. The only restriction is participants must be residents of the Grayslake Area Public Library District.

Time requirements are minimal. There will be a two-hour orientation session Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., followed by a planning session led by a facilitator Saturday, Jan. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to about 3 p.m.

Anyone interested in helping chart the library's course for the future, or who would like to find out more about the process, should contact Thomas at (847) 223-5313, ext. 205, or

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