Please Take Our Survey!

As part of our strategic planning, we have made this survey for both library users and non-library users.

We would appreciate your feedback! Feel free to share with a friend. Thank you.

(Survey ends May 25, 2017)

Strategic planning 2017

There are many ways that the Trustees of the Rogers Free Library and the Friends of the Rogers Free Library (501C3) work together. A significant example of this is in the decision to support (Trustees role) and fund (Friends role) the development of a five year strategic plan for the library.  This process began a few months ago when the Trustees hired a consultant to provide guidance for the process. Kay Ellen Bullard comes to this project with over 30 years of library experience, including serving as an Assistant Director for the Providence Public Library for 16 years.

The strategic planning process will take about seven months, and will be overseen by two committees: The Steering Committee (made up of Trustees, Directors, library leadership and a community representative), and the Community Advisory Committee (made up of 13 community leaders who represent a variety of community demographics including education, business, not-for-profit, and service) and who will serve as conduits to the greater community through the formation of focus groups.  The point is to get as much input as possible, to hear as many voices as we can, and to draw some conclusions about the future of our library.

This will be a lot of work! Why do we think we need to do this?  Because libraries are not what they used to be. They meet varied community needs, and while we believe the Rogers Free Library is doing a very good job, we recognize that there is always room for improvement. A strategic plan will help us to enhance our service in better meeting the needs and wants of our patrons, to anticipate and meet future library trends, to plan for staffing and future budget needs, and to stay relevant in our community.  In short, a strategic plan creates criteria by which decisions are made and serves as a consistent plan for change.

We share this now because there will be multiple opportunities for our patrons and the citizens of Bristol to participate in this process. Please watch for dates for focus group meetings. When our survey is ready, please take some time to complete it (will be offered on our website and hopefully on other town websites as well as hard copy at the library), In May, we will be holding a meeting for the general public…..watch for that date as well.

This is an important process and we need your input!

THE TRUSTEES OF ROGERS FREE LIBRARY
March 2017

Community Grant Program

Rogers Free Library Community Grant Program

The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Rogers Free Library is pleased to announce the establishment of a Community Grant program.  The purpose of the Rogers Free Library Community Grant Program is to provide an opportunity for community groups/ organizations/clubs or individuals to receive funding for the research, design, and implementation of programs, practices, and services that connect the Rogers Free Library with the greater community.  Programs, products, and services that are both innovative and meet the changing needs of our population will be given top priority for funding.  Individual grant requests up to $5000 will be accepted. The Friends have set aside $25,000 annually to finance the Rogers Free Library Community Grant Program.

 Grant requests must explicitly demonstrate a connection with the Rogers Free Library. This connection might include use of the library facilities, resources, and/or personnel and may be written to cover professional development, registration fees for coursework, seminars, and lectures; materials and supplies; capital equipment; labor; marketing; printing, etc.

Guidelines and applications for the current funding cycle will be available in the library from May 1st on, and may be submitted online at the library website. Applications will be reviewed and approved quarterly beginning in September 2016.  Applications will be accepted at any time until the 2016 funds have been allocated. For further information, contact Joan Prescott, Library Director at the library or by email at prescottj069@gmail.com

Click HERE for the form.

ROGERS FREE LIBRARY GRANT REQUEST GUIDELINES:

FEBRUARY 2015

GENERAL:  The purpose of the Rogers Free Library Community Grant Program, is to provide an opportunity for community groups/organizations/clubs or individuals to receive funding for the research, design, and implementation of programs, practices, and services that connect the Rogers Free Library with the greater community.  Programs, products, and services that are both innovative and meet the changing needs of our population will be given top priority for funding.

GRANT ALLOCATIONS AND INDIVIDUAL CAPS: Grant requests in the amount up to $5000 will be accepted. A budget of $25,000 will be set aside by the Friends on an annual basis to finance the Rogers Free Library Community Grant Program.

ELIGIBILITY:   Grant requests must explicitly demonstrate a connection with the Rogers Free Library. This connection might include use of the library facilities, resources, and/or personnel.

ELIGIBLE EXPENSES: Grants may be written to cover professional development, registration fees for coursework, seminars, and lectures; materials and supplies; capital equipment; labor; marketing; printing, etc.

TIMELINE: Twice a year, The Friends Grant Oversight Committee will announce a Call for Submissions, and will provide information and guidance relative to the completion of grant requests. Grant requests will be accepted at any time during the year and will then be subject to the following process:

PROCESS:

  • All grant requests must be submitted on the appropriate forms, and must be as complete as possible. Assistance in completing the form will be provided by the Friends Grant Oversight Committee.
  • Grant requests may be submitted at any time, but will be reviewed by the above named committee on a quarterly basis. The recommendations of the Friends Grant Oversight Committee will be forwarded to the Directors of the Friends of the Rogers Free Library, the grant funding source, and final approval will be voted on at a quarterly meeting of the Directors of the Friends of the Rogers Free Library.
  • Once approved, the grant must be completed within the calendar year of approval. A Final Evaluation form must be submitted within that timeline.

These guidelines will be subject to review and revision.