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Published November 17, 2010, 10:16 PM

GF Public Library Director Focuses On Partnerships

According to the Director of the Grand Forks Public Library, historically, libraries have always collaborated with other organizations in the community.

According to the Director of the Grand Forks Public Library, historically, libraries have always collaborated with other organizations in the community.

It has been doing a 10-day community conversation to hear thoughts about the proposed new library, and how to enhance partnerships.

"We want to hear from people on what partnerships they think are key," said Wendy Wendt, Director of the Grand Forks Public Library.

These partnerships are something Wendy Wendt wants to keep developing in Grand Forks.

"The library is a part of the community. As a part of the community we're here for all the other organizations. We're a resource for everyone."

Wendt said they already work with the public schools, UND and the state. If the proposed new library goes through, she sees an even broader spectrum of possibilities.

"Expand this space to partner more with the historical society, genealogy groups, art exhibits and offer more programming to help people research the history of this great area more," said Wendt.

Right now the current building does not have the space, and they have issues with technology limitations.

The Speak Up For Your Library Campaign, asking the community to share their thoughts online, is the chance for the community to fix that.

"This is where they can determine the shape of their libraries for generations to come," Wendt said.

A little something extra might be a big incentive for some people.

"It does not hurt you could win an iPad for filling out the survey," Wendt laughed.

Even more important to her: developing community partnerships.

"Our mission is to connect the community, enrich the mind and inspire the imagination."

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