‘The chance to dream big’: Selbyville Library planning for future with survey

The sky’s the limit for Selbyville Public Library. Now people just need to say if they want the sky.

People are encouraged to complete a library survey to share how the library can best serve its patrons and community for the next 20 years.

This is part of a Needs Assessment Study, which might lead to a construction project, so every opinion is important.

“I want people to know that it’s their voice and it’s their time to say if something is really special to you about the library, now is the time to come out and say,” Kline said. “Anything we do in the future will be based on this study. That’s why it’s important for people to give their input.”

The survey is available in English and Spanish online at www.selbyvillelibrary.org. Paper copies are also available at the library. The deadline is April 4.

People can also join the discussion on Monday, April 4, at 6 p.m. at the library.

The public session will get people thinking and talking about the library’s strengths or areas to improve. They’ll discuss what features are important: the book collections? Technology? Meeting space? A café?

“We want to know what people want to see, in terms of growth and entertainment, and there’s a lot more to the library than the books,” Kline said. “This is really a chance to dream big. You can say the library really needs a skate park … or some outdoor spaces … or a planetarium.”

From there, the Board of Directors will decide what the library needs to best serve its citizens.

The library must balance future needs with a building that also deserves its spot in the sun: the historic Sen. John. G. Townsend house, built in 1906. Kline couldn’t say what future construction might look like, since this study will determine the next step.

But Selbyville really needs room to stretch its wings.

A new wing opened in 2004 to hold the children’s area, activity room and offices, “But we are really having trouble with our meeting space,” Kline said. “We can only seat 35 [in the meeting room]. We have had 20 people in there and it is really full. We’re a community centered building, but we can’t really have community evens because we’re just so small.”

Selbyville Pubic Library could make due with what it has, Kline said. “But we could be better, so why not just take that first step? And that’s really what this is.”