The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 15, 2002


Gleason Public Library solicits town input on strategic plan Circulation 'higher than ever'

The first full calendar year of the "new" Gleason Public Library recorded higher than ever circulation statistics. Checkout of items during the temporary stay at The Carlisle Institute on Westford Street from April 1999 to July 2000 reflected its limitations. But circulation is now above previous levels even more impressive because last December the loan period was extended an extra week. That sort of change in loan period generally brings a decline in circulation levels as patrons time their library visits to coincide with due dates. But Gleason Public Library patrons continue to take out more books, audiobooks, CDs, videos and DVDs than ever,

The Trustees of the Library -- Mary Cheever, Brooke Cragan, and Rosalie Johnson -- have begun working on a strategic plan for the next several years for the Library. Joining them as part of a planning committee are Tony Allison, Vivian Chaput, Abby Jeffers, Teresa Kvietkauskas, Andy Mostello, and the Library's Assistant Director/Children's Librarian Marty Seneta and Director Ellen Rauch. In order to solicit opinions from town residents, a survey is being developed and will be distributed and/or available on-line in the next couple of months.

The plan for the future of the Library will build on the high use of the new facility and focus on the most important initiatives suggested by residents' input and approved by the Trustees.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito