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1 Middleton Public Library Building Feasibility Study 2015

2 Reason for a Building Feasibility Study: Long range planning Changing roles of public libraries

3 Library Building Feasibility Study Status: Information Gathering Phase Who? Library Board & Staff, Building Committee Dimension IV Library Consultant (SCLS) City Plan Commission MCPA School District The public listening sessions and online surveys helped us collect more than 700 individual comments! Future Trends Taskforce Library Staff Survey and small group sessions Structural Analysis

4 The Middleton Public Library’s Mission Statement is to make a positive difference in the quality of life in our community by… offering a safe and welcoming environment in an aesthetically pleasing and conveniently organized facility; supplying free and open access to knowledge and information, and the diversity of ideas to all, while protecting the privacy of library patrons; meeting the informational, educational, and recreational. needs of the community through information collections, resources, programming and outreach; and providing highly competent library staff members to assist, guide, and instruct the public in the use of library resources and information gathering.

5 HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF THE MIDDLETON PUBLIC LIBRARY How the library got its start… On February 27, 1927, the members of the Middleton Progressive Women’s Club started a library by donating a shelf’s worth of books, which were made available at the Burmeister- Kruse Department Store, located at the northwest corner of Hubbard and Parmenter.

6 HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF THE MIDDLETON PUBLIC LIBRARY Historical Overview of the Middleton Public Library & years from now

7 The Building Feasibility Study is the Library’s LONG TERM planning tool. Facility conditions affect our ability to carry out our mission and provide efficient & favorable services.

8 Middleton Public Library current building is 25 years old. Middleton Public Library current building is 25 years old.

9 Our current facility is not designed for today’s Technology. Middleton Public Library Community Scan Day Event

10 Service desks and 4 of the 6 restrooms do not meet Accessibility Code requirements and ADA guidelines.

11 Archer Meeting Room kitchen does not meet Accessibility Code requirements. Updated kitchen facilities and appropriate storage space is needed. Public access to the meeting rooms is not within sightline of library staff and is a security issue for both staff and patrons. Wiring was designed for technology used in Storage for children’s events and programs is currently in the closet originally intended for meeting room furniture and equipment (now stored in the furnace room.) Staff brings towels and library toys home to be washed.

12 We’ve outgrown our Youth Services spaces. Middleton Public Library need! and Outside learning space is in the parking lot, near the railroad tracks. Inside, storytime often exceeds fire code regulations. Teen area is congested & too narrow for wheelchairs and strollers...

13 Traditional libraries: Librarians & Library materials ____________ books mp3s magazines, DVDs CDs ebooks laptops toys audiobooks reference databases kindles newspapers games software seeds digital magazines tablets

14 Middleton Public Library well-loved!

15 Today’s public libraries have a new role Common themes: Technology and digital resources Makerspaces & creation spaces Innovation Collaborative & interactive learning Support for families & youth Community engagement Live demonstrations & performances Promotion of health & wellness Library as Destination

16 21 st Century Library Technology & digital resources Tutor.com: Feb. 2015

17 Makerspaces & creation spaces 21 st Century Library

18 Innovation: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math)

19 21 st Century Library Collaborative & interactive learning

20 21 st Century Library Support for families and youth!

21 21 st Century Library Community engagement projects Community Canvases with Arts Board Community Garden events and Seed Library with Public Lands Department

22 21 st Century Library Live demonstrations & performances

23 Focus on health & wellness 21 st Century Library

24 Library as Destination 21 st Century Library For example: The natural light at the Fargo Public Library draws area residents to the community space. draws area residents to the community space.

25 How is new space reflected in recent, local library building projects? Meeting space, hosting space More technology Flexible design Maker spaces Westport Library MakerSpace, CT Source:

26 Verona Public Library

27 Fitchburg Public Library

28 Madison Central Library Others: Sun Prairie & Waunakee

29 Middleton is growing! New Bishop’s Bay & new apartments will increase Middleton’s population by approximately 6,000 new residents in the next 5-10 yrs and 8,000 in yrs. The Library must be prepared for change!

30 Main reasons for the Library Building Feasibility Study: Long range planning Changing roles of public libraries

31 Examples of “Must Haves” Dependable roof Reliable HVAC system Accessible service desks, restrooms & spaces Safe flooring Safe and accessible entrances Reliable technology infrastructure Safe & comfortable space for youth Efficient, accessible and safe floor plan for the public and staff “Ideal” presence downtown Safe & welcoming environment Expanded technology for rapidly changing digital & online resources

32 Library Board & Building Committee.. Value feedback from all stakeholders! The public listening sessions and online surveys helped us collect more than 700 individual comments! Keep checking: for more information!www.midlibrary.org/feasibility

33 Next steps: Develop the Strategic Facilities Objectives Develop the Strategic Facilities Plan Funding Plan (capital & operations) Public dissemination and discussion of the Strategic Facilities Plan Evaluation matrix More surveys Community assessments Library Board discussion – public meeting City Council discussion – public meeting Then, Design Workshops – public input

34 Libraries build communities… …communities build libraries.

35 On behalf of the Middleton Public Library Board of Trustees: On behalf of the Middleton Public Library Board of Trustees: Angela West Blank, President Jeremiah Tucker,Vice President Lisa Helmuth,Secretary Miriam Share – City Council Liaison Christopher Clay Joan Gillman Anne Irish Deb Smith Steve Soeteber - MCPASD THANK YOU!


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