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Public input sought on future library services in West Kelowna

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As the next step in Okanagan Regional Library’s (ORL) strategic planning process, members of the public are invited to an “Idea Lab” to provide input and feedback on future library services on the Westside. This drop-in event will be held at the Westbank First Nation’s (WFN) Health and Wellness Centre at 1900 Quail Lane from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3.

The Idea Lab will include information about library trends and possible options for new services and spaces, as well as ask for specific feedback on a potential location partnering with the WFN. The session will include opportunities for written input and group discussion.

“The world is changing, and so are we. Our library Board and staff working group have been working hard over the past few months developing ideas and themes for change”, says ORL CEO Stephanie Hall. “Now we want to hear the voices of our community – both library users and non-users. The library exists to support our residents, and we want to hear feedback on the best direction forward.”

Some libraries around the world are focusing on providing increased access to new technologies, such as 3-D printers, self-publishing machines, and video and sound recording equipment. Others are expanding outreach with schools and business to support literacy and entrepreneurship, or both.

The emerging strategic plan also emphasizes increased partnerships with local First Nations, and the November 3 Idea Lab will ask how the ORL can better incorporate First Nations culture at branches plus discussion about a new branch on WFN lands.

All members of the public are invited to join this event and refreshments will be served.

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