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Fort Worth Public Library launches strategic plan, new mission and vision

Posted Feb. 11, 2019

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The Fort Worth Public Library has launched its Strategic Services Plan 2019-2021 with a new mission and vision for programs and services after the Fort Worth City Council approved the Library’s plan Feb. 5.

“After a year’s worth of work, it is thrilling to unveil our new mission, vision and goals,” said Fort Worth Public Library Director Manya Shorr. “We have worked so hard with our staff and community partners to figure out who we want to be in the future, and how to best serve our community.”

Reflective of the innovative and pioneering spirit of Fort Worth, the Library’s mission is to build a community of learners, dreamers and doers. Keeping in mind that the City of Fort Worth is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, the mission reflects the diverse personalities and needs within the city.

“Our vision is to evolve into a place that residents feel is truly ‘theirs’. We are committed to becoming a community gathering place for learning, self-discovery, shared experiences and personal growth,” said Shorr. “We know that the library is a transformative place that empowers entrepreneurs, inspires life-long learners, is a haven for those who want to escape into a great book, and we have the potential to be so much more.”

More than just lofty ideas, the plan crafted over the past year was born of extensive research, one-on-one interviews, community-based meetings, surveys and more than 1,600 hours of work poured into a roadmap that should guide the Library to meet the needs of the 15th largest city in the U.S.

Individual residents, business owners and organizations may wonder what this plan means to them. The Library already has on the horizon new branch locations, co-locations with organizations, expanded hours of service, increased access to new technology, updated adult programming and reducing fines and fees — all in 2019.

In a city comprised of diverse neighborhoods and niche communities, the Library can mean different things to each of them. Shorr, Library leaders and members of the Library Advisory Board will spend time over the next few months connecting with residents through a series of talks and presentations across Fort Worth. More information about the plan, the direction of programs and services and about upcoming speaking engagements is available online.

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