Library system developing long-range plan

The Sequoyah Regional Library System is working on its first long-range strategic plan since 2009 — one which could revive the possibility of a Cherokee County expansion.

The system will hold a series of community meetings to gather input between mid-January and early February, said director Anita Summers. She said the resulting three-year document will be a more individualized blueprint than in the past, addressing the specific needs of each county the system serves — Cherokee, Pickens and Gilmer. For instance, a higher average library patron age in Gilmer County could dictate different strategies.

She said library hours, programming and book and physical needs will all be looked at, including a possible northeast Cherokee branch, which she said was put on hold in 2013 after the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners expressed funding concerns. They may also weigh restoring hours that were cut at Cherokee and Gilmer branches in 2011, Summers said.