Oh, let’s just skip the Library report. Ha, ha. Just kidding, Brian!
The Normal Public Library embarked on a master plan in 2008, using information from a survey, focus groups, and an open community meeting. Library staff also addressed convenience for customers by promoting parking in the College Avenue Parking Deck, providing maps of available parking, locating book and CD/DVD return containers throughout Normal, and by subscribing to databases for cardholders to access from their home computers. There are also computers available for use at the Library.
In addition to circulation of print- and non-print media (over 535,000 in 2008), the Library conducted many programs, including: summer reading programs for children and teens, a reading program pairing college students with elementary school students, a variety of story hours, programs that take place at different locations in the community, and additional programs for teens, adults, and seniors.
The Normal Public Library partners with other local organizations -- schools, the Children’s Discovery Museum, retirement villages, area colleges, the Bloomington Public Library, etc. -- to provide lots of great educational and fun opportunities to everyone. Close to 27,000 people took advantage of these opportunities in 2008! Clearly, this is a valuable community resource.