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Last Updated: May 23, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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New Library Mission Statement, Vision & Values

Mission Statement: Inspiring our community to connect, discover and grow.

It is our vision to:

  • Offer the tools and resources to enable people to learn
  • Meet and anticipate the changing needs of the community
  • Provide reliable, excellent, friendly service to all
  • Stand together to serve all citizens
  • Bring people together to learn from each other

Core Values: Lifelong Learning, Service to the Community, Customer Service, Teamwork, Reliability


Public Focus Groups

Haywood County Public Library is in the process of creating a long-range strategic plan for the library system. Three public focus groups were held at three different library branches in November, as well as approximately a dozen focus groups throughout the community with different community organizations and groups in both October and November. Feedback from these focus group sessions will be incorporated into the strategic plan, which is scheduled to be completed this spring. Many thanks to those who participated in the focus groups!

At the Oct. 17, 2016 Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Commissioners unanimously approved the formation of a Library Task Force to create a strategic plan for the Haywood County Public Library system. Below are the minutes from the meeting regarding the Library Task Force:

Chairman Swanger recognized Vice-Chairman Kirk Kirkpatrick. He stated that over the last several years, the Library Board had been looking at the facilities of the library and had previously discussed renovations to the Waynesville branch. Since that time, they have been looking at the entire system and the need for a strategic plan. He noted that the chairman of the Library Board of Trustees is here to make the request. David Felmet addressed the Board, stating that a plan is under development for this purpose. He noted that part of the responsibilities of the Library Board of Trustees is to look at needs and costs. He said that they hope to get approval to form this task force to achieve that objective by March, 2017. Vice-Chairman Kirkpatrick stated that they are trying to determine what is best for the library system as a whole, which has branches in Fines Creek, Canton, Maggie Valley and Waynesville. Vice-Chairman Kirkpatrick motioned to approve the Library Task Force for the creation of a strategic plan for the Haywood County Library system. Commissioner Ensley seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Chairman Swanger remarked that Vice-Chairman Kirkpatrick and Mr. Dove will work together to form the plan for the Library Task Force.

Thank you for supporting your library! Stay tuned for more developments on the library's strategic plan!

Upcoming Library Task Force Meeting:

The Writing Subcommittee of the Library Task Force will meet on Thursday, May 25, at 1 p.m. in the auditorium at the Waynesville Library. Meetings are open to the public.

The Library Task Force will meet on Wednesday, May 31, at 4 p.m. in the auditorium at the Waynesville Library. Meetings are open to the public.


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