Fine Print: Special Edition

R. David Lankes, professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies once tweeted, “Bad libraries build collections. Good libraries build services (of which a collection is one). Great libraries build communities.” Here at Appleton Public Library, we take those 127 characters to heart and strive to build communities every day.

With the help of our community, we have created a new vision and strategies that are based on this notion, because every single person in our community deserves a great library. Our facility plays an important role in how successfully we can implement our vision and strategies. With your help, we have decided that to be successful, we need a new facility, and the best location for that new facility is in the area of Appleton that will bridge the waterfront to the downtown area.

We have been diligent in making sure that we have not only kept you up-to-date with the planning process, but have also given you opportunities to provide input, and we will continue to do this. For now, we invite you to take a look through this special edition of Fine Print, where you’ll find articles on 21st century library service, an overview of our community-based plan, the economic impact a new facility would have on the Appleton area and more.

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