Project Summary

For the last year or so, you may have heard us using the term APL 150. What is APL 150? In the simplest form, it is our community-based plan that looks toward our 150th anniversary in 2047.

We have broken APL 150 up in to three steps; our first step was to define who we are, our second step was to define how we would accomplish the goals we set from the first step and our final step is to put the all of the planning into action.

We are lucky to be a part of such a wonderful community that takes ownership of their public library. Thousands of you have worked with us for the last three years to make sure your library is a vibrant asset that is poised to serve our community far into the future.

Step One: Who are we?

In 2008 and 2009, we completed a Building and Services Study and a detailed Program Design Study. Concerns were expressed that we were putting the building first. We listen to those concerns and took the next two years to formulate the framework for what would be known as APL 150.

2012 and 2013: Community-Based Strategic Planning
Starting in 2012 and continuing through the fall of 2013, we began a community-based strategic planning process.

The process included:
• A total of 20 Community Conversations where the public was invited to talk about their hopes and dreams for the future of Appleton.
• Two public presentations by experts in the fields of urban planning and visioning.
• A visit to two libraries in Illinois that are currently providing 21st century library service to their patrons.
• A community survey on our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
• Staff expert presentations about the future of library services.
• A ten-member Community Advisory Committee that helped build our vision and strategies.

The 2012-2013 community-based planning resulted in our new strategic plan that leads us into the 21st century, embracing both the changes in modern library service, as well as the enduring values of a public library.

Step Two: What Type of Facility is Needed?

The next step in the APL 150 process was to define the type of facility we would need to be able to accomplish our vision and strategies we created in the first step.

2014: Program Design Study
Architectural firm Engberg Anderson was hired to update the Program Design Study they completed for us in 2009. The Program Design Study works as a road map for the architects to plan out how much, and what type of space is needed. Everything we need to provide responsible service is in the Program Design Study. The study was updated with new collection numbers and to reflect the changes that have occurred in library service over the last five years.

The updated program design study recommended:
• An increase in building size from 86,000 to 120,000 sq ft.
• An option to include the City of Appleton Parks and Recreation space.

2014: Site Selection Process
The next step in defining what type of facility is needed was to identify a best-fit location. Through a series of interviews with stakeholders in the community, several potential sites for the library were identified, including the current site. Sites identified by the stakeholders were ranked on a matrix and weighed with factors including, but not limited to:

• Size of lot
• Access
• Perception of safety
• Operational efficiency
• Site geometry

After the list of sites were scored, the top three ranking sites were evaluated extensively; the current site, the Post-Crescent and Horsch Appliance site and three variations of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Fox Banquets and Rivertyme Catering and UW-Clinic site.

The final recommendation presented to the Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees was to procedd with a more in-depth evaluation of the Trinity Lutheran Church and Fox Banquets site, based on a Building Concept Evaluation, Cost Matrix and Site Value Index.

Tuesday, April 15 during the Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, Trustees voted unanimously in favor of the recommendation.

Step Three: Putting the plan into action

After years of community planning, we are finally ready to put all of the work we have completed, with your help, into action. There are many steps that we must complete in the coming months and we encourage you to follow along and provide input.