The Cozby Library and Community Commons’ strategic plan is working out well and has received a positive response from the community.
Monday, the library board met with the Coppell City Council and the Parks Board to update the city on its progress. Library leaders said it has been successful, and many people are benefiting from the new additions and amenities.
“The community loves what’s happening at the library,” said Adrienne Morton, vice chair of the Coppell library board.
The first goal the library adopted centers on collection building and services innovation. The goal primarily focuses on growth and how to better serve the community.
“(Our) efforts there are to offer collections and services that are highly relevant to the community needs and to incorporate innovative collections and programs with those that are popular, valuable or enduring,” Morton said.
Early literacy backpacks, TAMS science boxes and Lions Club game collections for the visually impaired are a few of the new additions that came out of this plan. These new services have been popular among the community and are in high demand.
The second goal the library adopted focuses on resources, buildings, technology and systems.
“The focus here is meeting the evolving and diverse knowledge, creative and learning needs of the community by offering innovative spaces, technologies, methods and delivery systems,” Morton said.
Some of the programs that came about through this plan are the teen zone, toddler zone, study rooms, business center, meeting rooms, commons area and a drive-through book drop off. Morton said the drive-through book drop is one of the most popular features of the library.
The library also added self service checkout, laptop checkouts and catalogue tablets for easier checkouts.
“The idea is to make it easier for people to get in and out of the library and get what they need. It’s all about convenience for the community,” Morton said.
The library will soon be adding digital media workstations that will have audio, video, graphic design software and web design software.
The strategic plan includes four more goals focusing on volunteer efforts, advocacy, professional development and funding.
The library was also able to add a number of new building enhancements. Victoria Chiavetta, director of library services said the library was fortunate enough to have extra money in the budget to add these new enhancements.
New podiums have been added in meeting rooms as well as new jacks and network cables. Additional speakers were added throughout the library. The library purchased a third service desk and is also looking to replace staff desks. Since many visitors complained about noise levels within the building, the library is also planning to install new sound masking equipment.
Over the past year, library activity has grown. More and more people are participating in programs and enjoying all the feature the library has to offer.
“We love to see (residents) there,” Chiavetta said. “The library is getting used well and is quite busy.