Help us with your feedback!

Summer is always our busiest time of year but we saw our highest circulation numbers and highest number of patrons walking through our doors this past summer!

We are looking to improve our program offerings throughout the year and are asking the community to find out what you would like to see us offer. Help us figure out what sort of programs we should be doing, what times we should offer programs, and how we can cut down on the amount of no-shows we get for our programs.

If you are unaware, many of our programs & resources are FREE to our patrons to enjoy, but the library has to pay for instructor fees & supplies (and the salaries of Laura, Jason, Derek, and Mary). We ask patrons to sign up for programs so we can limit how many supplies to purchase, or instructors tell us they can only handle X number of students. People sign up, but then when the program starts they don't show up and those spots and/or supplies are wasted. Or, they show up extremely late and disrupt the program. We are considering several options, and we want your opinion how to help make things better for library staff and your fellow patrons.

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* 1. For families with kids: How old are your kids?

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* 2. For families with kids: What programs that we currently offer do you wish we offered at a more convenient time for you? What day(s) and time(s) do you wish we offered these programs?

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* 3. For families with kids: What kinds of programs do you wish we would offer that we currently do not? What times should we offer these? What age group should these programs target? (Example: art classes offered on Mondays at 4:30pm for 7-9 year olds)

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* 4. For homeschooling families: We ran a successful series of Homeschool CreateSpace programs throughout the winter & spring of 2019. Mr. Jason would utilize some of the library's Maker supplies & equipment and run a program just for homeschooling families. Would this be something you'd like again? What days or times would work? What other kinds of homeschooling programs could we offer that you would show up for?

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* 5. For adults & seniors: Laura offers many arts & crafts programs, historical lectures, movie showings, genealogy workshops, meditation & exercises classes, etc. Typically these are at 10:30am, 2pm, or 6:30pm Monday-Friday. Are there other times that you'd like to see these offered?

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* 6. For adults & seniors: Laura wants to know if you'd be interested in having more STEM programs (science, technology, engineering & mathematics). The library has many supplies & equipment that the kids have been enjoying, but really all ages can have fun & learn. Would you attend STEM programs for adults? What days of the week & times would work?

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* 7. For all: In order to cut-down on the number people who sign up for programs but then do not show up and do not notify us, the library is exploring several options. Which ones would you think would work best to make it fair for everyone to have a chance to attend that can genuinely make it, and to help the library with its program & supplies budget?

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* 8. For all: We know we are a lively library and sometimes silence is hard to come by in our space. We are quite proud of this at times--a loud library is an actively used & loved library! However, we know that many patrons need a level of quiet in order to work, study, read, or apply for jobs. We are considering designating specific times on specific days as "Quiet Hours." What hours & days would you suggest we have "Quiet Hours"? (Example: Mondays 5-7pm)

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* 9. Any other general suggestions or feedback you'd like to give to Mr. Jason, Laura, or the rest of the library staff? We appreciate your honesty as we strive to be the best library for our community.

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