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Library survey results

Many thanks to the 242 people who filled out our survey that asked your opinion on what services you would like the library to offer in the future so that we can determine how those wishes can be incorporated into our five-year master plan.

Questions included what roles you see the library playing in the community’s future, what parts of the library’s collection you use, what additional technology you would like the library to offer, what spaces in the library you feel need to be enlarged or created, whether library hours should be expanded, and what programming and services you want added.

Bottom line results: You told us you want more space for meetings and classes, but are not too interested in the library becoming a community center or exercise space. You also want self-checkout and Wi-Fi printing. And you expressed interest in expanded evening hours and being open on Sundays. Here are more details:

  • Most respondents feel the library should focus on early literacy, information and entertainment, and lifelong learning programs.
  • Most still prefer print books, but almost 40 percent like both print and e-books.
  • For audio books, most prefer them on CD rather than downloadable.
  • Regarding new technology, you want self-checkout stations, Wi-Fi printing and a 3-D printer.
  • Regarding new programs, you’d like a tutoring/homework center, career/job coaching and support for homeschool groups.
  • You’d like your library to be open later in the evening, even if that means opening later in the morning, and on Sundays.
  • You’d like more space in the library for a coffee shop, quiet reading, community meetings, more books, a dedicated computer lab and study rooms. One-quarter of you say the library is fine just as it is.

“We are very thankful to everyone who took the time to complete our survey,” said Jackie Welch, library director. “Your library is here to serve the community, and the only way we know if we are fulfilling our mission is if you tell us what you want and how we are doing. On an ongoing basis, we welcome all comments, both good and bad, so we can serve you better.”

Welch said her only disappointment was that so few non-library users filled out the survey. Stay tuned to this Library News column for changes that will be made as a result of your input, and as the library board of trustees prepares a new five-year master plan.

Summer Reading Program
Sign up now for this year’s free Summer Reading Program June 2 through July 25. You can register online via a link on our website at pagosa.colibraries.org or in the library. Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults. Also, summer reading participants should mark their calendars for a free, all-ages closing party on July 25 from 5:30-7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include awarding of prizes, refreshments and entertainment by the San Juan Mountain Boys. Detailed summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library.

Medicare Basics session
If you are turning 65 and have questions about Medicare or living with a disability and are wondering if you are eligible, please join us Tuesday, June 3, from 10-11:30 a.m. for an informative session organized by the Area Agency on Aging. RSVP to 264-0502.

Melanie Milburn concert
Join us Wednesday, June 4, from 10-11 a.m. when singer/songwriter Melanie Milburn will present a free musical concert for our young patrons and their families. Melanie will address the challenges of life and growing up in a fun, upbeat celebration of life.

Technology classes
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. A more formal session requiring registration is Excel Basics on Wednesday, June 4, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., where you will learn how to use spreadsheets.

Movies for adults
Starting June 6, every Friday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. (note new time), you are invited for coffee, popcorn and a movie for adults. The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio. If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly adult activities flyer at the library.

Friday movies for teens
Starting June 6, every Friday at noon teens are invited to a free movie. The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio. If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly teen activities flyer at the library.

Friday movie for kids
Starting June 6, every Friday at 10 a.m., kids are invited to a free movie. The contract that we have for the movie licensing does not allow us to promote the title of what we’re showing outside the library, such as in the newspaper or on the radio. If you want to know what show is playing on a given date, pick up the monthly kids’ activities flyer at the library.

Thursday Kids’ Zone
“Read with a Ranger” is this week’s theme on Thursday, June 5, for first- through third-graders from 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Teen fun on Wednesday
Wednesday, June 4, join us for Brush Bots (miniature robots made from toothbrush and cell phone motors) from 3-4:30 p.m. Then stay for Dungeons and Dragons from 4:30- 6 p.m.

Teen gaming and crafts
Every Tuesday from 1:30-2:45 p.m. (note new time) we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon card battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games). Free event, snacks provided.

DVDs
“Her” is this year’s Academy Award-winner for best original screenplay. “The Shawshank Redemption” was nominated for seven Academy Awards years ago. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is their first live-action film. “The Shining” stars Jack Nicholson. “Doctor Zhivago” is the classic movie from the Pasternak novel of Russia. “Passage to India” was nominated for 11 Academy Awards years ago. “The Goonies” is a Steven Spielberg film.

Large print
“Cavandon Hall” by Barbara Taylor Bradford follows two families as World War I is looming. “Live to See Tomorrow” by Iris Johansen is a mystery set in Hong Kong. “Robert B. Parker’s Cheap Shot” by Ace Atkins is the latest in the Spenser mystery series. “Otherwise Engaged” by Amanda Quick is a historical thriller set in London. “The Keeper” by John Lescroart is the latest in the Dismay Hardy mystery series. “Field of Prey” by John Sandford is the latest in the Lucas Davenport mystery series. “A Family Affair” by Fern Michaels is about a dancer adjusting to a new lifestyle married to a prince. “Chestnut Street” by Maeve Binchy follows characters living on an imagined street in Dublin. “Midnight Crossroad” by Charlaine Harris is a novel set in the dried up western town of Midnight, Texas.

Nonfiction
“Toxin Toxout” by environmentalists Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith shows you how to get harmful chemicals out of your body and our world. “Divide” by journalist Matt Taibbi shows how growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration of poor people determines results in our system of justice. “The Purpose Economy” by Aaron Hurst describes how the pro bono market and new entrepreneurs are changing America. “The Bombers and the Bombed” by Richard Overy explores the Allied air war over Europe from 1940-1945.

CDs
“Finding Me” by Michelle Knight with Michelle Burford is a memoir of the Cleveland kidnappings. “Field of Prey” by John Sandford is the latest in the Lucas Davenport mystery series. “Midnight Crossroad” by Charlaine Harris is a novel set in the dried up western town of Midnight, Texas.

Mysteries, suspense and thrillers
“Field of Prey” by John Sandford is the latest in the Lucas Davenport mystery series. “Baudelaire’s Revenge” by Bob Van Laerhoven takes readers on a sinister journey to Paris in 1870. “The Kill Switch” by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood is the first in a new Sigma Forces series.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Kristal Fortune, Bob and Carole Howard, Mark Huerta, Jenny Iguchi, Kenneth Samela and Marcia Weanour.

Website
For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at pagosa.colibraries.org/

 

This story was posted on May 30, 2014.