2016-02-25 / Editorial

Libby Library encourages patrons to take survey

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By Bob Cochran

Even though a site called SurveyMonkey.com is hosting the online portion of its newly launched survey, it’s anything but monkey business. The importance of this survey, which was launched Feb. 23 and runs through March 30, cannot be stressed enough. The reason for this being that results will be used to determine whether the library continues to maintain its current hours of operation or expand them effective July 1.

Links to the survey can be found on the library website, ooblibrary.org, or on its Facebook page. Patrons who receive library updates via email should also receive a message that contains a link to the survey. Hardcopies of the survey are available to library patrons with limited Internet access. The survey is very brief and takes just a few seconds to complete. There are two questions. The first asks if you are satisfied with the current operating hours or would prefer to see them expanded. The second lists various options for the additional operating hours and asks that they be ranked in order of preference. Once again we request that as many patrons as possible take part in this survey so we can better serve our community.

If the anticipation of additional operating hours leads to your getting lost in the book stacks, we have the perfect workshop for you. At 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, acclaimed artist/cartographer Molly Holmberg Brown, PhD, creator of MollyMaps.com, will host workshop on map reading and map making. Registrations for the workshops begin on March 1, and continue until the day of the workshop. The “sooner the better”” concept definitely applies to registration for these workshops, as attendance is limited to 20 due to space restrictions. Registrations may be placed by phone, through the library’s website or by emailing director@ooblibrary.org.

Opportunities to explore the creative side won’t be limited to map making in March, either. For those from ages 8 to 18, there’s an Easter Candy Making Workshop. The workshop will be held noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26. Registrations will be taken from March 1 through March 23.

I’ll end with another suggestion. Please check the library website as often as possible to find out more about these, and many more fun and educational events in the coming months, and also to complete that survey, so that we better serve our patrons.

Bob Cochran is a volunteer at Libby Library in Old Orchard Beach.

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