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Library survey seeks your opinions, likes and dislikes

A new survey created by the library staff is now seeking your opinions on all things relating to the library, from your favorite library services to the print items you like best and use most. There also are questions about the library’s computer and new media services, as well as our special programs like story times and Lifelong Learning.

To take the survey online, go to the library’s Web site at and click on the square icon “Got a minute? Take a survey.” We also will have three laptop computers set up in the library at a survey station table. If you prefer a paper copy, you can pick one up at the library. Or you can fill it out on Friday morning, Sept. 18, at the entrance to the downtown City Market or Friday afternoon, Sept. 25, at the entrance to the uptown City Market.

In addition to surveying regular patrons, the staff hopes this survey will be filled out by people who use the library rarely or not at all. The goal here is to find out what would make non-users take advantage of the library’s resources more often.

And a special bonus: People who complete the survey will have the opportunity to enter a raffle to win a City Market gift card courtesy of the library.

Among the survey questions are those asking what new services you would like to see at the library, such as in-library laptops, additional computers and adult enrichment programs. There also is a question about new features you would like to see incorporated into the library space, with examples including quiet reading areas, self checkout and a paperback lending library.

The survey will be available from today (Sept. 17) through Oct. 8, a total of three weeks. As the results are tabulated, we will keep you informed about what you tell us and what we’re going to change or not change as a result.

Please take five minutes of your time to give us your input, become eligible for a prize and help make your library even more valuable to everyone in our community.

New novels

“Once on a Moonless Night” by Dai Sijie, set in China, focuses on the search for an 800-year-old silk scroll. “A Princess of Landover” by Terry Brooks is the author’s first new Magic Kingdom fantasy in more than a decade.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Vanished” by Joseph Finder is about a brother searching for his vanished brother, who works for a giant defense contractor. “The Law of Nines” by Terry Goodkind is about a struggling Midwest artist who turns 27 and faces a frightening family legacy. “Blindman’s Bluff” by Faye Kellerman is the latest in the series featuring LAPD homicide detective Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus. “Smash Cut” by Sandra Brown is about the complications when defense lawyer agrees to defend a prodigal nephew for murder. “Heart of the Assassin” by Robert Ferrigno is a futuristic thriller set in 2045 when a warrior battles to save America from an Islamic mastermind. “The Silent Spirit” by Margaret Coel is the latest in the Wind River Reservation mystery series.


“Cop Without a Badge” by Charles Kipps documents the extraordinary undercover life of Kevin Maher, a confidential informant who has helped the NYPD, FBI and many other law enforcement agencies solve cases. “The Successful Retirement Guide” by R. Kevin Price offers hundreds of suggestions on how to stay intellectually, socially and physically engaged for the best years of your life. We also have the 2010 Olf Farmer’s Almanac, with all sorts of interesting facts plus weather forecasts for 16 regions of the U.S.

Arts and crafts books

“Knitted Gifts” by Ann Budd presents directions for 30 unusual and inspired knitted gifts for all occasions. “Knit Wit” by Amy R. Singer is a hands-free, step-by-step guide to 30 easy and hip projects. “Image Transfer Workshop” by Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson describes mixed media techniques for 35 image transfer processes. “Green Guide for Artists” by Karen Michel explores nontoxic recipes, green art ideas and resources for the eco-conscious artist.

Large print westerns

We have eight new large print westerns for our many fans of this genre: “The Cuchillo Plains: A Western Duo” by Ray Hogan,

“Rides a Stranger: The Journey of Jim Glass” by Bill Brooks, “East of the Border” by Johnny D. Boggs, “Valley of Outlaws: A Western Story” by Max Brand,

“The Trial at Apache Junction” by Lewis B. Patten, “Cutthroat Canyon: Sidewinders” by William W. and J. A. Johnstone, “Vendetta Canyon: A Merlin Fanshaw Western” by Stan Lynde, and “The Hunkpapa Scout: A Western Trio” by Will Henry.

Other large print books

“Hell’s Gate” by Stephen Frey is a thriller about a rash of forest fires in Montana. “Intervention” by Robin Cook is the story of the Catholic Church trying to hide the explosive truth about a discovery beneath Saint Peter’s Basilica. “Smash Cut” by Sandra Brown is about the mystery surrounding the defense of a man for his rich uncle’s death. “Ask Anyone” is a Trinity Harbor romance by Sherryl Woods. “While My Pretty One Knits” is a Black Sheep Knitting mystery by Anne Canadeo.

Books on CD

“The Law of Nines” by Terry Goodkind is a thriller about a 27-year-old Midwest author facing terrifying events that also consumed his mother at age 27.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Sara Brinton, Arv and Carol Fisher, Judy Giberson, Kathy Golden, Ron Graydon, June Geisen, Karen Hoch, Bamma Laizure, Alex Lane, Carol Martin, Robert McClatchie, Linda Tilson, Mary Ellen Saltsman, Janet Spalding, Bill Wetzel and Vicky Wood.

Quotable quote

“A book is a story for the mind. A song is a story for the soul.” — Eric Pio, American poet.

Web site

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books from the comfort of your home — please visit our Web site at