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L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library plans for new programs, resources, upgrades

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Eau Claire (WQOW) -- Eau Claire's public library is doing some strategic planning to keep you coming back.

According to the library's annual report, nearly 420,000 people visited the library in the 2017 fiscal year. Officials say that's up roughly two percent from 2016, and circulation of library materials is also up about five percent. Isa Small, of the library's Programming and Communication Services department, said they want to keep that growth going by offering a variety of options to you and your family.

"We have a wide variety of people in our community, so we need to have a little bit of something to meet everyone's needs," Small said. "We also need to be able to evolve with our comity as it grows."

Library Director, Pamela Westby, told News 18 a building feasibility study was done last year that showed it needs updated electrical and pluming, along with more space. Westby said a fundraising study will be done the rest of the year, with a plan to have expansion designs ready before next year.

Westby and Small said new programs will be finalized over the summer, and they should be available by the fall. You can find those programs by clicking here.

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