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In the next five years, the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library will get more input from teen readers, increase security and widen the driveway.

At least, that is what the newest long-range plan states.

Library Director Barbara J. Wheeler said the library needs to remain relevant to survive, and the plan, approved at Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting, paves the way to do so.

“The big thing facing libraries today is staying relevant,” she said. “Among ourselves, we’ve noticed that so many questions are based on technology.”

As a reaction to this, the library has created a workshop for community members needing to learn more about their iPad on Dec. 21.

The plan also states Ms. Wheeler will investigate how the library can buy replacement computers without using city funds.

With the increased use of technology in the library comes increased chances of patrons viewing inappropriate websites.

By 2014, Ms. Wheeler and the Adult Services Librarian will find a method to keep people off offensive sites or perhaps have privacy hoods installed on computer monitors.

“This is something all public libraries face,” said Ms. Wheeler.

The six-page plan, which was created over the course of a year, has several costly goals, some of which include creating designated quiet space, increasing the number of parking spaces and widening the narrow driveway.

The library hopes to have designated quiet rooms by 2015 so study groups can meet there without disturbing other patrons, but Ms. Wheeler said a grant would require the library to raise matching funds.

She said she believes the city has discussed plans to increase parking space in the past.

As soon as next year, an online suggestion form asking teens what books they want to see at the library will be added to the library’s website.

The teen librarian will also continue to consult the Teen Advisory Board about nonfiction and fiction books and programs.

Other goals include:

n Develop programs aimed at young professionals by 2016.

n Give the Friends of the Library better direction for fundraising ideas

n Increase security, including having staff trained with Warren Graha, author of “The Black Belt Librarian.”

n Develop plans to protect the historic artwork from vandalism.

There are items on the plan that have been achieved.

The library now has a Facebook page, which can be found at www.facebook.com/flowermemoriallibrary.

The Friends of the Library established a bequest society for long-term financial support.

“When the staff sat down with the board, those might have been in the works but not in the last stages,” said Ms. Wheeler.

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