Strategic Plan 2018

In early 2018, the Milford Public Library embarked on a strategic planning process to guide our services for the next three years. The final plan is the result of extensive work on the part of dedicated community members, library staff, and Library Board members who worked together to define a shared mission and develop goals and objectives for the library's immediate future. We engaged the firm, Maxine Bleiweis & Associates to help guide us through the process, administer a survey, facilitate advisory and focus groups and assist with the development of the final product. We are proud to present this plan to our community and are committed to using it as our guidebook for future growth.

If you have any questions on the strategic plan, please contact Library Director Chris Angeli at, or 203-783-3399.

Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Milford Public Library is to inspire learning and discovery through individual growth and community connections in an engaging and welcoming environment.


Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Support Community Engagement


  • Expand and strengthen outreach to community organizations
  • Provide and promote programs and community-building opportunities
  • Engage new and underserved communities
  • Develop a balance of active and quiet areas
  • Create a welcoming environment for community members to appreciate and celebrate diverse perspectives, cultures and values
  • Enliven and improve exterior space

Goal 2: Promote Childhood Literacy


  • Create welcoming and vibrant spaces to encourage active play and hands-on experiential learning to inspire critical and creative thinking
  • Expand and cultivate opportunities that develop/enhance all types of literacy skills (including early literacy, information literacy, and digital/technological literacy experiences)
  • Expand partnership with public/private community and home-based learning settings
  • Children from birth to age 5 and their caregivers will have engaging programs and services that promote competence and knowledge in all early literacy skills
  • School-age children will have engaging and age-appropriate programs and services that promote competence and knowledge
  • Offer services that support families and the community to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to support children's learning.

Goal 3: Satisfy Curiosity and Stimulate Imagination


  • Increase community awareness of the engagement with library programs, services, resources and collections
  • Increase quality staff interactions with patrons
  • Introduce and support relevant technologies
  • Build and maintain collections that inform, inspire, entertain, and stimulate imagination
  • Provide hands-on educational opportunities

Goal 4: Foster Informed Citizens

  • Provide opportunities that foster the civil exchange of ideas
  • Increase outreach to civic groups
  • The library's resources will be current, relevant, and easily accessible to all

Goal 5: Facilitate Creation and Collaboration


  • Expand makerspace offerings
  • Evaluate current space usage
  • Identify business needs and build resources to support the business/entrepreneur community
The full plan is available online as a PDF; printed copies are available for viewing at all public service desks.