WALDPORT — The Waldport Public Library is growing and is seeking public input on the direction of that growth. Last Tuesday, Jan. 28, the library held two community meetings, where 23 citizens attended the discussion at the library.
The conversation was led by library consultant Penny Hummel, who was hired by the city of Waldport to complete a facility needs assessment. The library invited comment regarding “what’s working, what’s not, what improvements you’d like to see.”
“Our stacks are full,” explained Library Director Sue Bennett. “We’re continually evaluating space and withdrawing things pretty regularly or we couldn’t get anything new coming in. We’ve squeezed out as much space as we can.”
Serving an area of about 5,600 people, library use and attendance of programs have increased.
“We have programs where we have 50 to 100 people here,” Bennett said, gesturing toward the small meeting room where eight were in attendance that evening to discuss the library.
“Our programs have grown quite a bit in the last few years,” Bennett added. “We have a craft program for adults once a month with a waiting list … we’re at capacity right now.”
Bennett expressed a need for additional meeting rooms, a larger meeting room and, ideally, smaller rooms for tutoring and smaller meetings.
The public is invited to offer input by completing the Waldport Library Space Assessment at surveymonkey.com/r/RXK7MZR.
Bennett explained that Hummel will take her report to Waldport City Council.
“We will determine where we go from there,” she said.