Create Young Readers: Early Literacy
Children from birth to age five will have programs and services designed to ensure that they will enter school ready to learn to read, write, and listen.
Goal #1: Families of non-library users will find out about activities for preschoolers and early elementary students.
- Objective 1: The Youth Services Coordinator will resume storytime visits to local daycares. They will visit each daycare at least once a month.
- Objective 2: The Youth Services Coordinator will resume book talks at Bridgeview and Cody Elementary during the 23/24 school year. Staff will create a kid-friendly one-page flyer about the library’s services to give to parents.
- Objective 3: The library will staff a pop-up library with library card signup at least once during the 23/24 and 25/26 school years at school open houses and events.
Goal #2: Early readers will experience multicultural and diversity programs at the library.
- Objective 1: The library will purchase at least eight bilingual children’s books a year.
- Objective 2: The library will schedule bilingual and/or guest storytimes for children and their parents once a month.
- Objective 3: The library will promote/host five different cultural holidays per year, through seasonal display, storytime, or programming.
Goal #3: Parents and caregivers will be given the resources to understand early literacy practices, along with skills they can use outside the library to create young readers.
- Objectives 1: The library will provide literacy tips at the end of every standing PreK program.
- Objective 2: In 2023 the library will step up the purchase of interactive reading and learning tools.
- Objective 3: In 2024, parents will have an opportunity to learn the basics of baby sign language through books and workshops.
Satisfy Curiosity: Lifelong Learning
Residents will have the resources they need to explore topics of personal interest and continue to learn throughout their lives.
Goal #1: Citizens will grow through hot topic book discussions and lectures.
- Objective 1: Beginning in 2023, the library will hold an annual community-wide book discussion for teens and adults, either in-person or virtually.
- Objective 2: In 24/25 the library will host lecturers from local colleges and community organizations to speak on current issues.
Goal #2: Teens and adults will find a diversity of programming from local organizations.
- Objective 1: The library will continue to partner with Quad City Arts for one large all-ages or adult musical event a year.
- Objective 2: The library will continue to utilize PVHS teens to create virtual programs for the library.
- Objective 3: The Youth Services Coordinator will research STEM, STEAM, and literary programming and/or partnerships and develop a plan to offer program opportunities for tweens by 2026.
- Objective 4: Library staff will continue to seek out programs and speakers on a variety of subjects for adults or all-ages audiences.
Goal #3: Residents will learn about LeClaire’s past, present, and future through a variety of programs and activities.
- Objective 1: The library will host talks by mayor and council members, city staff, and local historians and visionaries.
- Objective 2: In 24/25 the library will host off-site tours.
- Objective 3: By 2025 the director will develop a programming partnership whereby PVHS students will interview LeClaire senior citizens about their stories and experiences and the students will turn these interviews into short videos that can be posted on the library’s Facebook and YouTube channel.
- Objectives 4: The library director will partner with the Buffalo Bill Museum and local collectors to inquire about artifact loans for exhibiting in the library. (Possible insurance issues to be figured)
Visit a Comfortable Place: Physical and Virtual Spaces
Residents will have safe and welcoming physical places to meet and interact with others or to sit quietly and read and will have open and accessible virtual spaces that support networking
Goal #1: Citizens will have dynamic outdoor and indoor space for programming and community.
- Objective 1: In 2023-24 the library director with the assistance of City Hall and the Friends will apply for grant money to supplement city funds for the plaza redevelopment.
- Objective 2: The library will create a space just outside the front door for patrons to sit, read, use wifi, or picnic, in coordination with the Plaza redesign in 23/24.
- Objective 3: In 2024 the library interior will have new paint and carpet, and a re-designed use of existing space.
Approved by the LeClaire Community Library Board 2/14/23