Key Message Updates

A Key Messages Update is published monthly and includes items from the Board, Museum Advisory Council (MAC), and the administration. These topics include the highlights and successes of the month, as well as the Board’s perspective on matters of importance. Key Messages for the month are presented under each of the four Strategic Plan Goals. Subscribe to our Key Messages.

Key Messages of the Month-September 2021

Key Messages of the Month-September 2021

Posted by Sabrina on September 16, 2021

A Key Messages Update will be published monthly and include items from each of the committees and the administration. These topics include the highlights and successes of the month, as well as the Board’s perspective on matters of importance. Key Messages for the month are presented by each of the four Strategic Plan Goals.

Communication & Strategic Planning

  • Strategic Planning Town Hall: The next Town Hall is scheduled next Wednesday, September 22 at 4:30pm. This Strategic Planning Town Hall is planned for in-person in the Gallery. Registration is required for seating planning. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the planning to date, what has occurred in Phase I, as well as to inform how we proceed, who we contact, and what priorities should be focused on. If you miss the meeting, we will be publishing information shared at the Town Hall in the October Blue Mountains Review which will be delivered door to door as well. For more information on the Process, visit our Community Consultation webpage. [C4.3]

  • Phase I Completion: The Strategic Planning Working Group has completed Phase I of the Strategic Plan and has now begun Phase II. Focus Groups are now open for registration and meetings with the CEO and Board members are available at designated drop-in times for those who wish to speak on issues of interest. [C4.3]

  • Micro-Surveys: As part of Phase I, twelve micro-surveys have been released in print and online on our Community Consultation webpage (one is a staff survey not located on the website). Nearly 200 responses have been received to date. These will be open throughout 2021. If you have not yet completed these thematic surveys, we ask that you consider completing these as they will assisting the Staff to plan for the 2022 budget as well as will inform the Strategic Planning process. [OC2.2; C4.3]

  • Bang the Table Survey: BMPL will be featured in the October Bang the Table survey found on the TBM website. This survey will be open for much of October and will address themes that have begun to emerge through our Phase I community consultation.  [C4.3]

  • Phase II Dates Announced: If you have not yet visited our Community Consultation webpage or plan to attend the Strategic Planning Town Hall on September 22nd at L.E.S you are at risk of missing the registration for our Focus Groups and Drop-In Chats with the CEO & Board. Registration is now open. [C4.3]

Organizational Capacity

  • Budget 2022: The Board is providing notice that they will be reviewing the proposed 2022 BMPL Consolidated Budget at the October Board Meeting. [OC2.2]

Service Excellence & Administration

  • Services Where You Live, Work & Play: As part of the Strategic Planning process, the staff are looking for feedback on where and what services you would like to receive throughout the community. A library does not need new bricks and mortar for us to have regular services in our rural communities. Please share with the team if there is an interest in having pop-up library services or holds pick up on designated days outside of L.E. Shore and the Craigleith Heritage Depot. [SE2.1]

Vibrant Spaces & Capital Campaigns

  • Teen Space Coming! Following Phase I consultation with the community and the Staff consultation in July, August, and September, a teen space is being designed at L.E. Shore. While this is not the larger room that was planned in an expansion, we believe this change to the current L.E. Shore layout will provide our teens with an opportunity to gather and collaborate as early as November 2021. [VS1.2; VS2.3; VS2.4; SE2.3]

  • Craigleith Heritage Depot Renovations: CHD is the recipient of a Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIO) Community Culture and Recreation (CCR) Funding Stream grant. This grant will focus on a new HVAC to bring us to museum standards, replacing windows, doors, and exterior rotten sheathing. It will also include a new roof and paint job, which both are planned to revert to a historic feel with a shake roof and a return to the heritage colour of the rail station. This project is expected to run 2022-2024, so there will be more announcements to come on this project. [VS3.2] 

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