What do Deerfield residents want an expanded library to look like and what direction would they like the village’s economic development efforts to go?

Village residents will get a chance to weigh in on all that -- and maybe more -- at an informal, round-robin style community discussion Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Deerfield High School. The high school is located at 300 Simonson Blvd.

Deerfield Library Director Leah Fritsche, also chair of the Deerfield Chamber of Commerce, said attendees will progress through a series of tables, talking with others at the table on a targeted topic or question. After 10 minutes, they’ll move to another table to speak with others on a different topic.

The arrangement “offers community members a chance to just talk to each other and give an opinion, or ask new questions without it being a forum or a formal talk setting,” Fritsche said. “This is a gathering of the community to talk about itself.”

Some of what comes out of the discussion may be added to the data pool of a company, School Perceptions, that’s been hired to conduct a community wide survey this fall on the library expansion idea. Those surveys will be available online and at the library building at 12 W. Nelson St. beginning in October.

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