MAHOPAC, N.Y.-The Mahopac Public Library, after a year of research and surveys, has adopted a three-year, long-range plan that will focus on six areas, including reinventing its physical space, expanding social programs to make the community feel more connected and protecting and preserving the physical assets of the building.

The plan was put together with input through community conversations and surveys of residents, library staff and library board members.

“The process was really exciting for us,” said Alice Walsh, chair of the Long-Range Planning Steering Committee and a library trustee. “It was recommended by Mid-Hudson Library System. They stay on top of what is happening and what is cutting-edge. They recommended we look at the American Library Association Initiative—libraries transforming communities. The essence of [the research] is community engagement. The methodology is that each community is unique, and each library should be in touch with what it needs and desires.”

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