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learning and opportunity for all of its residents.” The resulting report set out a vision for <br />the future 2024 Librarythat included themes such as technology, literacy, off-site <br />delivery of Library programs, creativity and creative spaces, growth in services, facilities <br />growth and funding. <br />E. <br />In April 2015, the Library contracted fora survey to explore the community’s opinions <br />and priorities regarding Library services and to learn the probablelevel of support for a <br />five-year local option levy as a supplement to the General Fund. The survey results <br />confirmed community support for a Library Local Option Levy and reaffirmed the <br />priorities heard repeatedly from council, Library users and supporters,and from the <br />Library of the Future visioning process. <br />F. <br />Increased access to existing Library services by adding back open hours was rated by <br />community members as the most critical enhancementfor levy funding.Also highly <br />rated was a restoration of the Library’s materials budget to former levels, which would <br />reduce “wait times” for the most popular materials. Libraryservicestargeted to specific <br />underserved groups were also identified as a high priorityfor investment. Theseinclude <br />early literacy skill development for preschoolersand their families, an expansion of <br />programs and services for teens, and an investment in new technologies such as <br />makerspace. <br />G. <br />In response to the community feedback about service level enhancements, the City <br />Council developed a proposal for library levy funding. The proposal was shaped by what <br />residentsidentified ashighestprioritiesfor themselves and the community as a whole. <br />The levy proposal would pay for service enhancements, not existing Library services. <br />Existing Library services would continue to be fundedby the General Fund and donation <br />funds. <br />H. <br />Based on community input, the levy services will focus on expanding hours and access <br />for everyone and ensuring equity in provision of library services. Specifically, the levy <br />will fund the following service enhancements: <br />a.Additional hours and access. This would includeadding22 hours each week at <br />Bethel Branch, to be open 48 hours over six days a week; adding 22 hours each week <br />at Sheldon Branch, to be open 48 hours over six days a week; and restoring3 hours <br />on Sunday mornings each week at the Downtown Library, to be open 64 hours over <br />seven days a week. <br />b.Increaseby 33% on-sitefree programmingfor all ages,with particular focus on teens; <br />expanded “makerspace” toprovide community members with access to and training <br />on tools and equipment they might not be able to afford individually; and increased <br />off-site delivery of programs,including focusedexpansion of the early literacy <br />outreach and other volunteer programs. <br />c.More technology and materials, including restoring$300,000per year to bring the <br />budget for books and other resources back to FY09 levels,to ensure a shorter “wait <br />time” for the most popular items; and technology (tablets and/or laptops) to lend for <br />public use on-site at both BranchLibraries. <br />Resolution -2 <br /> <br />