Community Conversations



Purpose of the Strategic Plan


The theme of the American Library Association this year is Libraries Transform. The City of Simi Valley recently celebrated three years of running the Simi Valley Public Library.  During this time, many new programs, events, and resources were added, and changes were made to the building. The City of Simi Valley, Library Board of Trustees, and Library Staff continue to work on making the Simi Valley Public Library the Library you want, need and deserve. It is time for the Simi Valley Public Library to Transform. It is also now time to find out what the community thinks about the changes, the library in general, and any suggestions for the future. We need your input.


Therefore, the Library will host open houses called, “Community Conversations”, with the purpose of asking the public for their opinions and observations.  We encourage you to think big and use your imagination. Consider new models, new services, and potentially new roles for the Library.  Whether you use the library a little, a lot, or not at all; whether you have visited the library or not; we want to hear from you.


Process Guidance

This process will be guided by the City of Simi Valley Strategic Goals and Priorities:

  1. Public Safety- Maintain a strong commitment to public safety, including Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Management.
  2. Budget- No deficit spending, maintain conservative budgeting by only spending what is brought in as revenue.
  3. Infrastructure- Develop/Update/execute critical infrastructure and a replacement plan, including funding for streets/roads, sewer, water system, and landscaping.
  4. Economic Development- Maintain a strong local employment base focused on retaining high quality businesses. Diversify the local economy, with a specific emphasis on small businesses, advanced technology, entertainment, manufacturing and financial services.  
  5. Tri-Agency- Work with the Simi Valley Unified School District and the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District to explore shared facility/services to improve the fiscal position of each, while improving the quality of services provided.


Steering Committee Members


The Library Steering Committee is made up of community representatives from each of the Neighborhood Councils as well as representation from the Library’s Teen Library Cabinet.


Neighborhood Council 1: Jeff Faulwell

Neighborhood Council 2: Kimberly Drewes

Neighborhood Council 3:  Tracy Fessler

Neighborhood Council 4: Pete Stong

Teen Library Cabinet: Ary Agarwal


We Want Your Input


Please take a moment to complete our Short Survey

Click Here to take the survey.


And Give us your input in person:


Simi Valley Public Library presents


Community Conversations


Celebrate three years of the City of Simi Valley operating your public library by helping us shape its future.


Tell us what you think about the programs, the collections, and the library in general. Consider new models, new services and potentially new roles for the Library.


Attend one interactive “Community Conversations” in the Library’s Community Room


Saturday, October 8 from 10:00 a.m. – noon


Monday, October 17 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


All ages are welcomed.


The City of Simi Valley needs your help in giving this community the Library it wants, needs and deserves.