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An open book: Carnegie Library continues community dialogue

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is continuing its efforts to communicate with as many Pittsburghers as possible, seeking "the perspective of the entire community as we develop a plan about Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and its future."

This weekend, they will host another round of community workshops (July 17, 18 and 19 -- see website for details). In addition, they are offering an online discussion guide and accompanying "I Will Help" survey. The online discussion guide is designed to give people an opportunity to explore the issues and consider their positions before attending these meetings.

When a previous round of community meetings was held in May, about 200 people attended in person and more than 370 responded online with questions, comments and opinions, says Library communications manager Suzanne Thinnes.

As the Library grapples with budget challenges and a surplus of aging buildings, they are faced with trying to please a diverse community of people with widely varying opinions.

"People use the library in different ways. Some really like having a building in their community to take their children to for story time," Thinnes says, while others prefer to only access the Library system online for downloading books and researching databases.

"We are trying to reach as many people as we can," Thinnes says, because "we want to make sure everyone who has an opinion is heard."

Writer: Melissa Rayworth
Source: Suzanne Thinnes, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Image courtesy of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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