Welcome!

We need your help in planning our Library's future. We are working on the Library priorities for the coming years, and your thoughts matter.

To thank you for about 20 minutes of  your time, when you submit a completed survey by May 23, 2022, you will be entered in our raffle to win a lovely local gift basket. We encourage EVERY member of your household to participate.
 
Once we have collected and analyzed the results, we will present our findings to the Library Board and use this information to guide Library planning for our community.
 
As always, we will protect your input and keep it anonymous.

Thank you!

Sincerely yours,
The Board and Staff of West Grey Public Library

Let’s begin…

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* 1. Do you currently have a library card with the West Grey Public Library?

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* 2. Have you visited any of these West Grey Public Library branches? (Select all that apply)

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* 3. If you do not use the West Grey Public Library regularly, why not? (Check any that apply.)

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* 4. Which social and online applications do you use? (Check all that apply.)

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* 5. Do you follow West Grey Public Library on any of our social media channels? (Facebook, and Instagram)

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* 6. What do you like most about the West Grey Public Library?

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* 7. In the 12 months prior to the pandemic, how did you or your family make use of the West Grey Public Library? (Check all that apply.)

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* 8. Since March 2020 (during pandemic restrictions) which of the following scenarios apply to you and your family? Please select all that apply.

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* 9. Have you made use of Public Library branches in other municipalities in the past 24 months?

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* 10. Are you aware of the following programs and services offered by the West Grey Public Library? Please check all that apply.

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* 11. Share your interest in these emerging services to support learning, research, and community growth for the businesses and residents of West Grey.

  Interested Somewhat interested Neutral Not interested
Online events (authors, experts, etc.)
Attractions or parks  passes
Partnerships with local groups and clubs
Courses and programs for credit or certification
Online courses and programs for computer and technical skills
Online courses for management and business skills
Online courses for hobbies and recreation
Online courses and programs for personal interests
Computer classroom lab for online learning
Trade Fairs, Volunteer Fairs, Employment Supports
Virtual Book Clubs
Café or Coffee Bar
Digital Media Lab and HackLab (3D printer, digital conversion station, photography, music and video production software, laser cutter and vinyl cutter)
Pop-Up Library Services (at Community Events)
Book writing and publishing support
High School partnerships (to recruit event volunteers, provide research and homework help)
Services for small and medium-sized local businesses
Personal research service and support (by appointment)
Meeting and study room bookings
Computer and Laptop bookings
New Release Book/DVD/CD vending machines 
Holds pick-up lockers
Borrowing hotspots (home Wi-Fi)
Health, Nutrition, Wellness, and Cooking events and clubs
Local history and Museum displays and events
Expanded borrowing of 'things": for example Baking molds, educational toys, musical instruments, digital devices, sports equipment, etc.

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* 12. How important are these aspects of a public library to you?

  Extremely important Somewhat important Not that important   Unimportant No opinion
A feeling of openness and spaciousness
Plenty of parking
Multiple meeting rooms
Meeting space for community groups
Outdoor spaces, reading gardens, playgrounds, and outdoor programs
Small performance spaces for music, culture, plays, talks, etc.
A feeling of community, making new friends, and meeting neighbours informally
Learning and social programs
Desktop Computers
Children's area
Teen area
Small group computer training centre
Facility Partnerships - located with other services such as parks, recreation, social services, museums or galleries
Internet Access / Wi-Fi
Individual and group study space
Digital Media Lab and HackLab (3D printer, digital conversion station, photography, music and video production software, laser cutter and vinyl cutter)
Laptop work areas with power / Wi-Fi
Collection of printed books
Collection of eBooks, e-audio, online magazines
Collection of print magazines
Collection of DVDs
Quiet or Whisper Zones or space(s) for study, work, relaxing, and reading
Access and try new pieces of technology available for learning and demonstration
Sustainable (Green) practices in the operation and design of facilities
Play space for children
Children's specific computers and learning software

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* 13. How satisfied are you with the West Grey Public Library?

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* 14. If not satisfied, please indicate your reasons (Choose any that apply.)

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* 15. Are you aware that West Grey Public Library is now late fine-free since March 2022?

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* 16. How would you rate the physical spaces at the West Grey Public Library's three branches?

  Inadequate Fair Very Good Excellent Not applicable/No opinion
Durham Branch
Neustadt Branch
Ayton [Normanby] Branch

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* 17. Please rate the West Grey Public Library's Services:

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* 18. In your opinion, which are the most important roles the library should play in our community?

  Essential Good to have Neutral Not needed in our community Not applicable / no opinion
Community Hub and gathering place: The library is a central focus point for community activities, meetings and services.
Computer and digital literacy support: The library makes available public access computers and provides computer and internet training, finding tools, safety, and orientation as needed.
Bridging the digital divide: Providing internet, digital content, technology and support for all ages.
An Innovation Space where I can try and learn about new technologies, create, build, and engage with science, technology, engineering, arts and crafts.
Literacy support: The library provides resources and assistance for all ages including adults engaged in all kinds of literacy and skills upgrading.
Community and local information: The library is a clearinghouse for local organizations, issues and services.
Reference Library: The library actively provides timely, accurate and useful information for community residents.
Local history and genealogy resource: The library collects resources pertaining to local history and of assistance to area genealogists.
Preschoolers' door to learning: The library encourages young children to develop an interest in reading and learning through services for children, and for parents and children together.
Formal education support: The library assists students of all ages in meeting educational objectives established during their formal courses of study.
Independent learning support: The library supports individuals of all ages engaged in learning independent of any educational provider.
Popular materials library: The library features current high-demand, high-interest materials in a variety of formats for persons of all ages.
Services for newcomers to Canada and Grey County. 
Supports and services for small businesses/entrepreneurs: Technologies, software, and courses to support small business and entrepreneurial growth and recovery.
A social space for all ages

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* 19. What do you think are West Grey Public Library's greatest strengths?

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* 20. What would you like to change about the library?

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* 21. Imagining the future of West Grey Public Library, do you have any ideas or suggestions you’d like to share with us?

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* 22. What services and programs do you see the West Grey Public Library needing to focus on for the next four years?

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* 23. How would you rank the importance of public libraries to your community's vitality?

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* 24. Tell us about yourself. 
Which West Grey community do you live in or near?

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* 25. Do you . . .? (Select all that apply)

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* 26. How long have you lived in West Grey?

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* 27. Which of the following best describes your household?

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* 28. Do you typically access the West Grey Public Library digital services from: (Select all that apply)

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* 29. Do you have reliable internet access at home?

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* 30. Do you have children living in your household? (Select all that apply)

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* 31. What is your gender?

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* 32. What is your age?

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* 33. How has the pandemic affected you? (Select all that apply)

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* 34. Prior to the pandemic restrictions, how often did you physically visit any branch of the West Grey Public Library?

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* 35. For most of the pandemic period, which of the following best describes your current work location?

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* 36. What life changes are you planning or expecting in the next 24 months? (Check all that apply.)

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* 37. In what languages do you usually read? (Select all that apply)

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* 38. Would you like to be included in a focus group about the future of West Grey Public Library?

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* 39. Please provide your e-mail address to be invited to a focus group:

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* 40. To be entered into our draw to win a lovely local gift basket, submit your completed survey by May 23rd, 2022 and share your e-mail address. (Library employees are ineligible.)

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