Leavenworth Public Library Strategic Plan

2018-2021

In January and February 2017, the Library surveyed 19 different groups of stakeholders, 
including Leavenworth service and civic organizations, library users,library support 

organizations and City officials. Each participant received a list of 10 broad categories of 
library service and was asked to rank each service in order of importance to our community. 
405 individual surveys were collected. The Library Board of Trustees then selected the first 
and second ranked services as the Library’s Primary and Secondary roles for 2018-2021. 
Developing specific activities and measures that fit those Roles was delegated to Library staff.

PRIMARY ROLE: CREATE YOUNG READERS

Children from birth to 5 will have programs and services designed to ensure
they will enter school ready to learn to write, read and listen 

Initiative: Begin lapsit story hours for children 6 months to 3 years of age

Demonstrate effective reading activities appropriate for the very young
 
Activity:          Develop weekly story time program for infants and caregivers using picture books,
                      rhymes, songs and movement to develop early literacy skills and model them for
                      parents/caregivers
Measure:       Count attendance
                      Add additional session once attendance reaches 20 participants
TEAM:           Youth Services 

Initiative: Teddy Bear Story Time

Expand access to Story Times
 
Activity:          Evening Story Time program for preschoolers and caregivers TEAM cannot attend
                      daytime programs
Measure:       Weekly program attendance.
TEAM:           Youth Services 

Initiative: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Read any book to your child, finish 1,000 before kindergarten

Activity:          Provide free 1000 Books Before Kindergarten t-shirts ($10.00 each, start with 50)
                      to provide incentive and promotion
Measure:       Use enrollment in first 6 months as benchmark, grow by 10% a year
                      Seek charitable assistance with cost
TEAM:           Youth Services

 
Activity:          Provide free book after each 100 books recorded on child’s reading log
Measure:       Use enrollment in first 6 months as benchmark, grow by 10% a year
TEAM:           YSS and YS staff
 
Activity:          Invitation only event for children/caregivers TEAM read a minimum of 200 books
                      that year
Measure:       Use enrollment in first 6 months as benchmark, grow by 10% a year
TEAM:           Youth Services 

Initiative: Outreach

Bring early literacy to the community
 
Activity:          Identify daycares/preschools in the City of Leavenworth
Measure:       Generate list of 50 locations by March 2018
TEAM:           Outreach Services
 
Activity:          Develop schedule of story time visits to daycares/preschools
Measure:       Contact each location
                      Schedule visits to minimum of 5 different locations per week in 2018
                      Increase number of locations annually based on available resources
TEAM:           Outreach Services 

Emphasize early literacy on website

Make effective tools available 24 hours a day
 
Activity:          Identify early literacy online resources and feature on Library website
Measure:       Number of monthly page views
TEAM:           Youth Services and Marketing staff
 
Activity           Promote local early childhood literacy organizations, their services and their events
                      on Library website
Measure:       Number of monthly page views
TEAM:           Youth Services and Marketing staff
 
 
Activity:          Develop online story times for Library website
Measure:       One a month
TEAM:           Youth Services and Marketing staff  

Early literacy workshops using Every Child Ready to Read model

Help caregivers develop skills that help them bring literacy into their child’s daily life
 
Activity:          Understanding Literacy Development in Infants through Preschoolers and How to
                      Build Literacy Skills
Measure:        Attendance
TEAM:           Youth services will coordinate guest speakers from Early Childhood Development
                      organization
 
Activity:          Strategies to Build Literacy Every Day
Measure:        Attendance
TEAM:           Youth services will coordinate guest speakers from Early Childhood Development
                      organization
 
Activity:          Identifying and Preventing Early Literacy Problems
Measure:        Attendance
TEAM:           Youth services will coordinate guest speakers from Early Childhood Development
                      organization
 
Activity:          Incorporating Television, Computer Games and Play into Developing Literacy Skills
Measure:        Attendance
TEAM:           Youth services will coordinate guest speakers from Early Childhood Development
                      organization
 
Activity:          Literacy Building Techniques for Reluctant and Developmentally Delayed Readers
Measure:        Attendance
TEAM:           Youth services will coordinate guest speakers from Early Childhood Development
                      organization
 

Books for Babies

Activity:          Distribute small bags with board book, library info and small toy to parents of
                      newborns
Measure:       Bag to each new family
TEAM:           Youth services and Maternal Health coordinator at Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital
 

Promote all programs

Activity:         Promote program on website, social media and at Library programs for
                      preschoolers
Measure:       Use enrollment in first 6 months as benchmark, grow by 10% a year
TEAM:           Program and Marketing/Youth Services
 
Activity:         Promote program to network of service points for preschool children and caregivers
Measure:       Develop brochure, distribute to all identified service points in 2018. Ex: LICC, Head
                      Start, Health Department, Workforce Partnership. Replenish as needed
TEAM:           Program and Marketing/Youth Services/Outreach Services
 
Activity:         Collect email addresses for participants and send customized communication
                      focused on early literacy information, techniques, Library programs and resources
Measure:       Monthly communication to all participant Use “open rate” in first 6 months as
                      benchmark, grow by 10% a year
TEAM:           Program and Marketing/Youth Services 

SECONDARY ROLE: FAMILY LITERACY

Adults and teens will have the support improve their literacy skills in order to meet
personal goals and fulfill their responsibilities as parents, citizens and workers 

Literacy Tutors

Activity:         Consult with local education leaders to explore possible collaborative efforts
Measure:       Initial meeting January or February 2018, possible update meetings quarterly or biannually
TEAM:           Director, Assistant Director, Program and Marketing Coordinator
 
Activity:         Identify online adult literacy resources we can use
Measure:       Select tool by February 2018
TEAM:           Director, Assistant Director
 
Activity:         Identify an online skills test to measure progress of participants
Measure:       patrons who successfully complete
TEAM:           Director, Assistant Director
 
Activity:         Solicit volunteer tutors
Measure:       Attract 12 by March 2018
TEAM:           Director, Assistant Director
 
Activity:         Organize training for tutors
Measure:       Train tutors by June 2018
TEAM:           Director, Assistant Director
 
Activity:         Organize tutoring for teens and adults
Measure:       Launch program in July 2018
TEAM:           Director, Assistant Director
 
Activity:         Refer patrons who successfully complete all skills tests to Adult Basic Education at KCKCC
Measure:       Adult Basic Education enrollment increase 5% per year
TEAM:           Director, Assistant Director, KCKCC Adult Basic Education coordinator 

Digital literacy classes

 Instruct on use of essential digital literacy tools including email, Office suite, online resources 

Activity:         Provide basic digital literacy training to users with limited skills
Measure:       Attendance, growth in use of Library digital resources, direct feedback from users
TEAM:           Assistant Director and Adult services staff

Develop emerging reader collections

Activity:         Build a collection of books and other resources that will build teen/adult reading skills
Measure:       Focused collection available by July 2018
                      Monitor circulation, increase by 5% annually
TEAM:           Assistant Director