Library Strategic Plan

The Forest Lodge Library Board and a community committee made up of 5 members met as the Strategic Planning Committee in 2005 to complete a SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) and develop a list of possible goals for the future of the Forest Lodge Library. This Committee sponsored a community forum to gather further input. The Strategic Planning Committee established the following goals and strategies:

Funding

Establish stable funding for annual operations
  • Encourage County Board to continue funding at 100%
  • Continue to make the County Library Committee aware of our funding needs
  • Continue to make the Cable Town Board aware of our activities and funding needs
  • Become and continue to be a joint library with the Town of Namakagon (2007)
  • Increase circulation to increase future funding
  • Continue to increase Katie Flowers Endowment

Collections

Continue development of a library collection that focuses on:

  • Collecting books that many other libraries in the state do not have
  • Maintain and build collection of natural history adult and juvenile books
  • Provide for Lifelong learning and continuing education
  • Be continually aware of demograhics and circulation statistics in selection of other collection acquisitions
  • Continue partnerships with NWLS, Merlin and WISCAT
  • Continue to offer technology to patrons, keeping award of current trends and circulation statistics
  • Provide Caldecott/Newberry Children's books

Programs

  • Offer children and youth programs that improve literacy and provide reading opportunities in and ouside the home(summer reading program, adult programs, book club for children/youth/adults)
  • Offer Volunteer/Service opportunities (tutoring, reading to younger and older, internet pros)
  • Offer lifelong learning experiences.

Facility Development

  • Develop a handicapped accessible facility
  • Develop a commons area
  • Provide circulation desk and staff office space
  • Provide area for children, teen and adult sections
  • Provide technology space
  • Continue to offer charming atmosphere similar to that of current historic building
  • Write CDBG Grant Proposal
  • Develop fundraising plan
  • Assess possible library expansion or new site possibilities in order to increase our service capacity