suggestion box

Suggestion Box: Hours

We get requests about the library's open hours fairly often. Some people want earlier, some later, some more hours on the weekends. Here's the latest:

For the record, we would love to be able to open earlier in the day (and every night of the week)! However, we only have funding to support a certain number of hours per day/week/month, and the current funding won't support adding hours. In fact, at the beginning of 2015, the library had to cut hours of service because approved staffing levels couldn't support the number of hours the library was open. This is further complicated by the fact that we have two locations to service rather than one.

When we made the change in January of this year, we examined traffic patterns - both in check outs and in door counts, providing service to people of all ages, and how to keep both library locations open as much as possible. While some might want the library open earlier in the day, traffic use also indicates that use in the evening is as strong as morning activity. We also need to be available at hours when students may be coming in to find homework resources. In addition to those factors, we need to be cognizant of library programming - when do we offer story time and how long do evening adult programs typically run. It's no easy feat to figure out the ideal schedule for all people, and we realize that we won't be able to make everyone happy.

We appreciate the input, so keep it coming! If there's a big push for earlier open hours, we can re-examine our current schedule to see if there's any way to accommodate the requests. Not all things will be possible due to our budget constraints, but we are willing to constantly review and ponder different solutions.

Suggestion Box: Book Sale Items

The library has a suggestion box at each location, which we check often and implement or respond to ideas when appropriate. I'll be posting suggestions here this year with my own comments. If you'd like to add your thoughts, please add a comment below.

Today's entry to the suggestion box was this:

"It would be nice to see more educational books in the book sale section. Science books, etc..."

Unfortunately, we can't always guarantee what will appear in the ongoing book sale at either location. The book sale is stocked through donations to the library, as well as  materials that have been withdrawn from the library collections due to low circulation, date of publication, and a variety of other factors. When we withdraw educational books from the library collections, it is often due to the content of the materials being sorely out of date. Keeping a timely collection, especially in educational areas such as science, is very important. Likewise, we wouldn't want those items to go in the book sale if the information is outdated and obsolete. And if someone donated educational books in good condition that were current, we would likely add them to the library collection before the book sale shelves. 

So, while we may not be able to supply the book sale with materials you are seeking, we hope you'll utilize the library's circulating collection for your information needs. We have been weeding out old materials pretty heavily in the last year or two, so if there's an area of interest you feel needs developing please don't hesitate to let us know. We'll look for current materials to flesh out the collection as a whole.