Yachats residents asked for input about library


Yachats community members will have several opportunities this fall to provide input about the future of the Yachats Public Library.

The library is sponsoring two community conversations — at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. — on Thursday, Sept. 24 at the City Hall Pavilion (441 Highway 101 N). These sessions will be led by library consultant Penny Hummel, who has been hired by the city of Yachats to conduct a library needs assessment.

In addition, the library is also conducting a community survey in September and October. The survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/YachatsLibrarySurvey or in paper format at the Yachats Public Library after Labor Day.

Designed to clarify how the library’s facility should be improved, as well as to evaluate the library’s current operations and governance, the needs assessment will draw from best practices for public libraries to provide a set of concrete recommendations.

Library Commission Chair David Rivinus said, “We invite community members to share their thoughts and ideas through the community engagement process. Our goal is to ensure that the Yachats Public Library continues to meet the educational and informational needs of our community for years to come.” 

The assessment process is anticipated to be completed by the end of this year.

Nationally known consultant Penny Hummel has conducted more than 20 similar facilities assessments for public libraries in five states, including recent work with libraries in Waldport, Salem, Longview, Wash. and Santa Cruz, Calif. She is a past president of the Oregon Library Association and lives in Portland.

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