Plan of Service Focus Groups

2017 – 2021 Plan of Service Focus Groups

Monday, May 9, 2016
Dear STLS Member Libraries:

Your Participation is Highly Valued!

STLS is developing its 2017 – 2021 Plan of Service. This strategic plan will include well-defined goals and objectives that meet the needs all member libraries. Essentially, it defines how STLS provides resources to the membership for improving overall public library services in our region.


Community and Member Library Driven Plan!

In the coming months, focus groups will be held to gain feedback about your community’s needs, the library services you wish to offer and how STLS can help serve as a partner. Our “focus” is on developing library system services taking into account our #1 priorities… your community and our member libraries.


How to Share Your Community’s Voice?

Our goal is to have at least 2 representatives from each library participate. Perhaps 1 director and 1 trustee, or 1 staff member and 1 trustee? Member libraries decide who best tells their library’s story. And, libraries are certainly not limited to 2 representatives. We just want to ensure all libraries are heard.


When and Where Can You Shape Our Future?

Attached are the Focus Group Schedule and Registration Form. Libraries have been assigned a location, time and date based on their demographics. STLS believes the strength of our cooperative system resides in the uniqueness of our membership. Focus groups have been set so members feel comfortable sharing their ideas and views with similar libraries. It is an opportunity to learn and foster strength from each other.


Please join us to build a public library system in which we all take pride. We look forward to your participation.




Brian M. Hildreth, Executive Director
Southern Tier Library System

Group #1
Date: Tuesday, June 7th
Location: David A. Howe Public Library – 151 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Andover Free Library (Allegany)
Angelica Free Library (Allegany)
Bolivar Free Library (Allegany)
Jasper Free Library (Steuben)
Genesee Library – Little Genesee (Allegany)
Greenwood Reading Center (Steuben)
Colonial Library – Richburg (Allegany)
Rushford Free Library (Allegany)
Scio Memorial Library (Allegany)
Whitesville Public Library (Allegany)


Group #2
Date: Wednesday, June 15th
Location: Dormann Library – 101 West Morris Street, Bath, NY
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Dormann Library – Bath (Steuben)
Cohocton Public Library (Steuben)
Cuba Circulating Library (Allegany)
Dundee Library (Yates)
Fred and Harriet Taylor Memorial Library – Hammondsport (Steuben)
Hornell Public Library (Steuben)
Watkins Glen Public Library (Schuyler)
Wayland Free Library (Steuben)


Group #3
Date: Tuesday, June 28th
Location: STLS Headquarters – 9424 Scott Road, Painted Post, NY 14870
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Chemung County Library District (Chemung)
David A. Howe Public Library (Allegany)
Penn Yan Public Library (Yates)
Southeast Steuben County Library (Steuben)


Group #4
Date: Thursday, July 7th
Location: 20th Century Club Library, Almond, NY
Time: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Alfred Box of Books Library (Allegany)
20th Century Club Library – Almond (Allegany)
Arkport Reading Center  (Steuben)
Belfast Public Library (Allegany)
Belmont Free Library (Allegany)
Essential Club Free Library – Canaseraga (Allegany)
Friendship Free Library (Allegany)
Howard Public Library (Steuben)
Prattsburgh Library (Steuben)
Pulteney Free Library (Steuben)

Group #5
Date: Friday, July 8th

Location: Southern Tier Library System, 9424 Scott Road / Painted Post, NY 14870
Time: 9:30 am – 1:30pm

Addison Public Library (Steuben)
E.J. Cottrell Memorial Library – Atlanta (Steuben)
Avoca Free Library (Steuben)
M. Bedient Memorial Library – Branchport (Yates)
Wimodaughsian Free Library – Canisteo (Steuben)
Wide Awake Club Library – Fillmore (Allegany)
Hector Reading Center (Schuyler)
Middlesex Reading Center (Yates)
Montour Falls Memorial Library (Schuyler)
D. Peterson Memorial Library – Odessa (Schuyler)
Rushville Reading Center (Yates)
Savona Free Library (Steuben)

(STLS will provide lunch and mileage reimbursement for all attendees)