Library plans for future

JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown Public Library has launched its first long-range planning effort, which begins with a public-survey process that runs through the rest of the month.

“We started our long-range planning,” library Director Erica Wing informed the Common Council last week.

She said Monday that because the 38 S. Market St. library is a state-funded facility, a long-range planning effort is required.

She said this is the first time the library has been involved in such a formal effort.

“The library is in the process of planning for the future,” Wing said.

Wing said her facility has developed an eight-page survey for the public. It is available both online at the facility’s website – – or through hard copy at the library. The survey process will conclude at the end of March, she said.

“We’re hoping through the survey to determine through the public what we can offer [in the future],” Wing said.

Library officials will take the completed surveys and review them in small groups, Wing said. Eventually, a formal long- range plan will be developed, she said.

The survey asks the public to rate its “satisfaction” with the library’s technology services such as public computers and wireless. It also asks survey takers to look at ways to improve technology services, such as by offering more personal electronic devices for loan like Kindles.

The survey asks for input on the library’s Facebook page, asks the public to rate the library staff and building, and requests limited personal information that may be volunteered by the survey taker.

Wing says preparations continue for the library’s 17th annual fundraiser. It was known for many years as the Storybook Sundae fundraiser, but this year it will be the Johnstown Classic Mini-Golf fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 at the library.

Wing said about 40 baskets, which can be viewed on the library website, will be available for raffle. The website states the library is being “transformed into an 18-hole miniature golf course, complete with challenging obstacles, multi-level holes, and a 19th hole with refreshments for sale.” There will be additional family activities in the basement.

Admission to the event will be $5, and proceeds will benefit library programming and services.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at