Library board talks facilities, plans

Members talk about what the library has, needs.

WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Library Board approved a strategic plan developed by consultants with Library Strategies during its regular meeting Monday.

Library Director David Bradford remarked that book checkouts in Nobles County are the second lowest in the Plum Creek Library System, but said that other libraries’ buildings are more conducive to hanging out — and that part of the strategic plan being adopted will provide those kinds of spaces.

“We have 18 books about Shakespeare,” Bradford said. “Do we really have what people need? Do we have too much clutter? I’m sorry, but you don’t really need 18 books on Shakespeare, you need one or two.”

Kathy Craun, a board member, said that libraries are shifting to become destinations for people to meet or use the computer, which is also reflected in the strategic plan.

Bradford said the next step in the planning process for a potential renovation of the Worthington library is to look into parking, accessibility and the building’s status on the National Register of Historic Places.

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