Help us plan for the future

Take our survey!


Input from Middletown’s community is central to shaping the future of Russell Library. This survey will aid the Strategic Planning Committee’s efforts to structure the library’s priorities for the next several years.


The survey takes 15 minutes to complete.


We value your perspective and hope that you will make an effort to answer every question to the best of your ability. All responses will be kept confidential.


Please respond by March 1 so that your feedback will be included in the community needs assessment presented to the Strategic Planning Committee.


If you have any questions about the survey or the Strategic Planning process, please feel free to contact library planning consultant Maxine Bleiweis at

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Future-Ready for Middletown: A Strategic Planning Process for Russell Library.

Since 1875, the Russell Library has served the residents of Middletown and other Middlesex County communities by providing lifelong access to information, education, enrichment and entertainment. Over the past century and a half, the Library has adapted to ever-changing societal and cultural trends, technologies, economic booms and busts, and other forces by adjusting our service models and methods of delivery to stay relevant to the times.

More rapidly than ever, our world is changing. Futurists use the acronym “VUCA” (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) to describe the times in which we live, recommending that organizations now adopt and operate with a “readiness mindset;” that is, a consistent strategy of adapting and adjusting to rapidly evolving conditions.

How does a “classic” organization such as a public library adapt and thrive in “VUCA” times? By committing to thoughtful, strategic foresight. The Russell Library has conducted strategic planning cycles in the past, but our most recent plan expired in 2017. The time has come for us to write a new plan that takes into account our current and anticipated “landscapes” (socioeconomic, technological, educational, and cultural trends), the needs of Middletown’s residents both now and in the future, and the complex demands of providing public library services in the twenty-first century.