Join us for Belgrade Conversations: Libraries Transforming Communities
Belgrade Community Library has been selected as one of 200 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities.
This competitive award includes funding for focus group sessions that will help the library build community around Belgrade’s continued growth. The goal of the series of events is to build, encourage, and inspire community connections.
Belgrade Conversations will be hosted on Wednesdays through the month of June with a total of five events. Registration is required and there is a limit on the number of in-person participants that library can safely host to ensure social distancing is still possible. A meal will be provided for people who attend in-person. Once the in-person space is full that registration option will be removed from the form. Zoom Meetings will be used for people who are not able to attend in-person, either due to comfort related to COVID-19 or due to overage from the in-person capacity.
Check back regularly for more details and registration links as this site will be updated as presenters and logistics are confirmed.
Belgrade’s Health: Wednesday, June 9 from 8:30-10:30AM
Speakers: Danika Comey, Community Engagement Coordinator with Bozeman Health; Tey Silva, Belgrade Clinic Director with Community Health Partners; Buck Taylor, Community Health Partners Director of Community Development and Administration
Topics: Review of 2020 Community Health Needs Assessment and the numbers and needs from Belgrade, healthcare accessibility, brainstorm ways to improve Belgrade’s health, get connected to solutions, and share your stories
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYoduGgpzIoEtdKNnvhOeH4dj2vU1HlvZTT
Belgrade’s New Look: Wednesday, June 16 from 5:30-7:30PM
Speakers: Nicole Olmstead with Cushing Terrell and Jason Karp, Belgrade City Planning Director
Topics: Belgrade’s growth plan, downtown design, zoning; hear more about how you can get involved in the planning process as a community member
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclceyrrjIjH9dMFlEhR87av3QiccKy3YEB
Belgrade’s Changing Demographics: Wednesday, June 23 from 12:00P-2:00PM
Speakers: Tey Silva, Belgrade Clinic Director with Community Health Partners; Susan Davis, English Language Coordinator for Belgrade School District
Topics: Opportunity for the library to hear from the Spanish speaking community in Belgrade on how we can better serve folks for whom English is a second language, including what programs and services the library could provide to better serve the entire community
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMocOyrrToqGdfhEfA8PbpnkTelTMFpvLjR
Belgrade’s New Library: Wednesday, June 30 from 12:00-2:00PM
Speakers: Gale Bacon, Belgrade Community Library Director; Chase Rose, Campaign Consultant with Bannack Group; Ali Vasarella, Project Manager with 45 Architecture
Topics: Presentation of new library plans, opportunity for community to give feedback on the design, opportunity for community to share their ideas for programming, services, and outreach with the library
Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkdu-hrDkjHtKa8XcdKTVPvNRI-pbf2984
Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL).
Event notes and summaries will be posted here:
Belgrade’s History and Future: Wednesday, June 2 from 5:30-7:30PM
Speaker: Jason Karp, Belgrade City Planning Director
Topics: History of Belgrade, a brief look into Belgrade’s future, an opportunity to share your hopes, dreams, and wishes for the City of Belgrade