Librarian’s Report ~ 2018 Highgate Town Report
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Highgate Public Library to Become
Highgate Library and Community Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Highgate, Vermont, April 6, 2017 – The Trustees of the Highgate Public Library announced this week that the library has officially changed its name to the Highgate Library and Community Center.
Rebecca Howrigan, chairperson, explained that the new name is reflective of the discussion at town meeting, the evolving focus and goals of the library, and the library mission, adding, “We are also proud to unveil our new logo, designed by Highgate native Hayes Johnson.”
The mission of the Highgate Library and Community Center is “to promote community growth and engagement. We provide and support diverse, lifelong learning opportunities in an inclusive, imaginative, and welcoming environment.”
Highgate Public library awarded
$ 15,000 state planning grant
For Immediate Release
DATE: February 14, 2017
CONTACT: Karen Fortin, Highgate Public Library Trustee Chair
Highgate, VT– The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) awarded $15,000 to Highgate in state Municipal Planning Grant funds to the Highgate Library and Community Center Feasibility Study. The Highgate Public Library successfully competed against 69 other community projects and was one of the 38 funded.
The Trustees have worked diligently during 2016 to prioritize the future needs of the library over the next 20 years. The programs and services identified will enable economic advantage, educational opportunity and needed social services to enrich the lives of Highgate residents. The Trustees participated in the following activities to prioritize these services:
- The Trustees conducted two focus groups of community members. These groups were interviewed to get their opinions about the library, how the library is evolving and the future of the library.
- The Trustees attended a Saturday board retreat last September with the staff and a facilitator to prioritize goals.
- The Trustees attended several planning commission and select board meetings to discuss the capital improvement plan and planning grant.
If you are a resident of Highgate, we value your input and we have several more opportunities for you to be a part of the process. If you have time to give, please leave your contact information with the library.