STRATEGY 2022: NAVIGATING INNOVATIONS IN SERVICE AND SUCCESS
In FY 2019, the library charted a new course for its future. Based on an extensive strategic planning process involving hundreds of staff, community leaders and library partners, we are proud to announce Strategy 2022. This roadmap will help us to better respond to the evolving ways users depend upon their library in the 21st century.
Strategy 2022 will guide planning and provide resources for innovative library services while preserving the core hallmarks upon which our county relies.
I invite you to discover our goals for the next four years and learn about some of the work we’ve already started in these areas of strategic focus.
We develop diverse programming for young learners, provide welcoming spaces and appealing programs for teens to prepare them for college or career and offer services to enable adults to enjoy life fully and continue to contribute to the health of the community.
- Preparing children for kindergarten remains a top priority for the library. In 2019, more than 2,600 new children signed up for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge. Over 50 Anne Arundel County Public School preschool classrooms enrolled students in the program last year.
Preventing the Summer Slide and Keeping People Reading
- The popular Summer @ Your Library program attracted over 10,700 participants in 2019. Nearly 17,600 residents attended a summer event or met library staff in the community. In addition, more than 4,700 customers joined the new year-long reading challenge.
We design all aspects of our services – how customers access our resources, material format, language and program delivery – to meet needs at the local and individual scale.
Social Worker in the Library
- In partnership with the Department of Social Services, library customers can talk to a social worker at the Brooklyn Park and Edgewater branches. Many families have already received emergency assistance and referrals for more resources.
- Addressing the isolation military families face, the Severn Library began offering paired programs where parents can participate in an adult offering while their children enjoy an age appropriate activity.
We use partnerships to their best effects, leveraging resources and talents to maximize the impact of the library’s assets and our partners’ outcomes.
Providing resources for new immigrants
The library connects people to countless opportunities and resources from local and national organizations. Recognizing the increasing Hispanic community, the library partnered with Centro de Ayuda (Center of Help) to provide bi-monthly assistance to immigrants who need connections to resources.
Prom Dress Giveaway
Recognizing the great financial expense many students face to attend prom, library staff collected hundreds of barely used formal dresses and accessories as part of the Glow Up project. Staff provided formalwear to area high schools to give away to students as well.