Okanagan Regional Library Hosting Salmon Arm Town Hall
Inviting Opinions for Future Services
May 18, 2015
For Immediate Release
The Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) will be hosting a public town hall on the evening of Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Salmon Arm library Branch in Piccadilly Mall. Members of the public are invited to share their thoughts on the services most important and vital in the Salmon Arm and Shuswap communities.
This consultation is a next step in a two-year planning process designed to align municipal revenues with library services and address imbalances between communities in the ORL’s vast BC Southern Interior region.
“The evening is meant to be a conversation, asking attendees how they see library services changing to remain relevant and meaningful in their lives,” says the ORL’s CEO Stephanie Hall, who will be at the town hall to answer questions and gather feedback.
“We know that the Salmon Arm branch is highly valued in the community and that discussions around service changes can be difficult. That’s why it’s important to hear from library members and the public so plans can be modified or created in line with the community’s needs,” she adds.
As a regional library system stretching from Golden to Osoyoos with over 750,000 items, the ORL periodically conducts targeted reviews of different aspects of library service. This meeting is one of three town halls being organized in the ORL region as a result of a 2013 review of expenditures vs revenues conducted by Grant Thornton. The report found that spending in some communities was out of alignment with tax revenue received and the ORL Board wants to address this.
At the Salmon Arm branch, adjustments to services suggested include a closure on Sundays and a revision to reference staffing levels, with most other services staying the same.
“Our goal is to provide the best service we can with the dollars we have,” explains Hall.
Everyone is invited and RSVPs are not required. The Salmon Arm branch is located in Picadilly Mall at 1151 – 10th Avenue SW.