Community Conversations About The Library

We began our Community Conversations initiative in the spring of 2012. Why did we begin this initiative? Community members are the experts on our community. Yet we rarely have a chance to discuss in a group setting our views about this community’s strengths, why we live here and our hopes for Appleton’s future.

The Community Conversations we held from the spring of 2012 to the spring of 2013, helped us to understand the community's shared priorities for the future, and how the public library might fit into these priorities. Through these collected reflections by community members, we were able to learn more about what our community wants from the library of the future.

In total, we had 20 specialized public focus groups with over 100 attendees. Here are a few of the questions we asked during the focus groups:

• What are Appleton’s greatest assets?
• Why do you live here?
• What are your top 2 or 3 most important hopes for Appleton’s future?

The data from the Community Conversations is published in our 2013 strategic plan, APL 150.