We are pleased to announce the launch of Learn · Grow · Do, the WPPL’s new community learning initiative. It replaces our Lifelong Learning Institute, which concluded operations at the end of 2013. The Library’s commitment to lifelong learning — providing learning opportunities for people at every stage of life — has not wavered in the least. Our goal is to make sure all of our programming is community-driven and mission-based. Programming for adults, teens, tweens, children and babies now will be centrally coordinated so that all learning opportunities at the WPPL are cohesive and meet the needs of those we serve.
Why did things change?
The landscape of learning opportunities has changed greatly over the 10 years that we first launched our Lifelong Learning Institute. And if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we are flattered indeed. Many community organizations have emulated our original model and those needs are being filled for the community. It’s time for us to break new ground on the next generation of community-centric learning opportunities from your Library.
To help us chart the course of Learn · Grow · Do, we conducted patron surveys online and in the building. We received hundreds of responses and are busy tabulating and interpreting the results so we can best serve YOU. In the meantime, we are already offering exciting and entertaining programs. Just check our Master Calendar to browse what we have going on so far.
So what does this mean for you?
Well here’s a quick list:
• We have eliminated membership fees (some programs may still have nominal costs to cover materials or presenter costs).
• We will coordinate programs library-wide, meaning that there will be crossover opportunities for adults and children…such as our first-ever Summer Reading program for Adults launching this June.
• Long-standing offerings such as as the Prose & Poetry Writing Workshop, Knotty Knitters, and the Cutting Edge Consciousness series will still be hosted by the WPPL, but they will operate as “Library Interest Groups.” We’ll publish a listing of dates, times and contact information for these activities, but their facilitators are now in charge of them.
We are excited by this opportunity to forge new partnerships and develop innovative opportunities for our community to learn and engage with new information. These are exciting times as the WPPL moves firmly toward providing learning for citizens of the 21st century. Thank you for coming this far with us and we welcome you on the newest journey.