West Springfield library needs community input for five year plan

Hampden County

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Libraries aren’t just for books anymore, they provide other services as well. The West Springfield Public Library is looking for the public’s input on a five-year planning survey to help improve those services.

“We do American Sign Language classes. our English speakers of other languages, our program is going into our 30th year,” said Library Director Antonia Golinski-Foisy.

“I mean it has everything. It’s good for children, it has DVDs, books, newspapers, you name it it’s here,” said Bill Morton, a frequent guest to the West Springfield library.

Now as technology and googling answers becomes more popular than ever, libraries are seeking your help to go into the future. Beginning Monday, residents can participate in a survey to help determine the future to help meet their personal, educational, and professional needs. The survey is available online at wspl.org, or a printed copy at the library, the Senior Center, or the Municipal Office Building through Friday, August 27.

“It allows us to ask the public what is important to them and especially since we’re five years old from opening a new library,” said Golinski-Foisy.

The survey includes questions about what services are used at the library, materials that are most important, programs interested in, and how residents hear about library and/or town events. There are also sections to add comments, concerns, and how to sign up for emails from the library.

“I’ve been coming here for 30 years and after retirement, had more time to read and you literally save thousand of dollars by coming to the library and receiving books,” said Morton.

They even have a community room which people can book. They told 22News pre-pandemic, it would bring in 10,000 people hosting anything from trainings to community programming.

“We have computer classes and we have one on one trainings for technology. people can call us and say, ‘I have a new iPhone and I don’t know how to use it,” said Golinski-Foisy.

The input will be used to help strategize the five-year plan for future services and resources.

The library is located at 200 Park Street, open Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are closed Saturday & Sunday.

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