Strategic Plan

Be a part of shaping the future of the Library!

What is a Strategic Plan?

Strategic planning is about goal setting and creating a roadmap for an organization. It helps guide every library over the next several years. The new Strategic Plan will identify our new mission, vision, values and strategic directions that are consistent with PPL’s overall goals.

How to get involved?

We want to hear from you! There will be a range of engagement activities for members of the public, library staff and visitors to take part in to help us gather diverse voices and feedback needed for this important work.

Take a look at the different engagement activities we have planned.

There will be multiple opportunities for people to get involved in the Strategic Planning process such as:


Library staff and members of the consulting team will set up at various locations around the city to gather early insights, and ideas about what people want to see happen at their library. Hosting community pop-ups will make sure we connect with, and are accessible to a diverse population, making sure to connect to both library and non-library users.

Pop-Up Schedule:

  • Pickering Central Library, Thursday August 24th, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Seaton Community Pop-Up Library, August 30th, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (completed)
  • Esplanade Park Courtyard (during the International Day for People of African Descent Community BBQ), Thursday, August 31st, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM (completed)
  • Pickering Central Library, Wednesday September 6th, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (completed)
  • Esplanade Park (during Cultural Fusion event), Saturday September 9th,
    10:30 AM – 5:00 PM (completed)

More locations coming soon!

Strategic Planning Advisory Committee (SPAC)

18 members will be chosen to join the SPAC. The SPAC will be comprised of members from diverse backgrounds including Library staff, Board representatives, stakeholders, volunteers, and residents, and will be selected through an adapted civic lottery process.

During advisory committee meetings, members will have the opportunity to hear what Pickering Public Library is up to, provide their input and take information away to share back to their community. Participants will be provided a $75 honorarium for each meeting they attend to thank them and acknowledge their time and contributions to the Project.

The application deadline has now closed. Thank you to all those who expressed interest! 

Project Champions will be selected from the pool of successful Advisory Group members and act as an extension of the engagement team and support the dissemination of the public survey and collecting and reporting back feedback from their networks and community. Participants will be provided a $200 honorarium at the wrap up of the project as compensation for their time and efforts in the role.

Public Survey

The survey will include both qualitative and quantitative data to further collect feedback and insights into what communities members wish to see reflected in the PPLs new Strategic Plan. This survey will be available online, and in hard copy as and will be translated into different languages. Project Champions will also support sharing and helping members of the public take part in completing the survey.

Survey coming soon!

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