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Mesa Public Library and White Rock Library seek your input

By Special to the Monitor

Are you a regular library user? Or have you never visited Mesa Public Library or the White Rock Branch? Either way, we’d like to hear from you.

The Los Alamos County Library System is conducting a survey and this is a chance to be heard.

The community is invited to say what it thinks of the libraries, what services it values and what it would change or improve; or, if people have never visited the library, what would entice them to.  

Over the next several months, the Los Alamos County Library System will develop the long range plan for fiscal years 2011-2016. The answers to the survey questions will be taken into account as resource allocation for the future is determined.  

The survey solicits opinions about collections, comfort of the library buildings, programs, special services and much more. As Library Manager Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan said, “We will listen.”

The survey is available at the libraries and on the library portion of the Los Alamos County website, www.losalamosnm.us/

library through Nov. 30.

Members of the public may answer the survey online by going to the above web address, or it is available in print form at the libraries.

Look for drop boxes to return the completed print surveys located in the libraries at the main check-out desk, the Reference desk, youth services desk, upstairs in the rotunda and at the White Rock Branch.

There is also a drop box located at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. All the surveys should be returned by Nov. 30.

It is a time of change for libraries. The enormous amount of information available online, by e-mail request and by subscription to topic-focused or format-focused databases brings libraries into homes.

For some patrons, this is the preferred method to access information; for others, nothing beats browsing the shelves or leafing through a magazine.

The variety of forms available is changing all the time too: there are books on CD, DVDs, large print, downloadable audio books and e-books. Libraries are also dynamic cultural centers providing venues for speakers, discussions, displays, exhibits, children’s activities, meeting space and workshops.

The Los Alamos County Public libraries want to know what patrons want; the more surveys that are returned, the better the service to the community will be for years to come.