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What you told us in your survey responses

Many thanks to the 242 of you who completed our recent survey about library services. You made us feel very good when you praised us, and your comments for additions, improvements and changes are now high on our “to do” list. Here are highlights of who you are and what you said:

• Fifty percent of you visit the library daily or weekly, 37 percent on and off during the year, and 9 percent seasonally. Ninety-four percent of you have a library card.

• Of the 140 respondents who said they never use the library, 99 percent still consider it a valuable resource for the community.

• Most of you — 79 percent — still access the library primarily in person, but 20 percent come both in person and online.

• Your favorite services: Borrowing books and other materials (91 percent), accessing the Internet (46 percent), using materials at the library (46 percent), using the interlibrary loan system (33 percent), using library equipment like the copier, fax, laminator, etc. (32 percent), using library reading areas (32 percent), attending library programs (25 percent), picking up information like tax forms or brochures (24 percent), and asking for reference/research help (21 percent).

• Your favorite fiction: mysteries (60 percent), historical fiction (50 percent), bestsellers (48 percent), crime/thrillers/suspense (35 percent), classics (34 percent), contemporary fiction (25 percent) and fantasy (22 percent).

• Your favorite nonfiction: history (52 percent), crafts/cooking/hobbies (50 percent), biographies/autobiographies (47 percent), health/self help (32 percent), reference books (28 percent) and science (28 percent).

• More than half of you (55 percent) are very satisfied or satisfied with the library’s Web site.

• An overwhelming 86 percent of you like to get library news from The Pagosa Springs SUN.

• Most requested new services: adult enrichment programs (61 percent), library e-mail reminders and newsletter (38 percent), adult reading programs like a book club (33 percent), in-library laptop checkout (24 percent) and additional computers (24 percent).

• Most requested new ways to use current library space: paperback exchange (45 percent), quiet reading areas (42 percent), self checkout (42 percent), cell-phone free areas (39 percent) and a map of the floor plan (29 percent).

Watch for future columns to read about changes implemented at the library as a result of your input in this survey.

Technology Open House

Whether you’re a computer expert or have a love/hate relationship with technology, we hope you will stop by the library for our Technology Open House on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 5-7 p.m. or Friday, Oct. 30, from 9-11 a.m. We’ll have activity stations set up on the library computers, how-to instruction sheets, a gaming area, a Q&A area, even light refreshments. Here’s your chance to hone your skills in digital photo editing, Skype, database exploration (job searching, Novelist, etc.), NetLibrary downloadable audio books, Wii, online security/identity theft awareness, and more.

Lifelong Learning

This Saturday, Oct. 24, brings the third of the fall series of six free Lifelong Learning lectures at the library as National Geographic photojournalist Dean Conger speaks from 3-4:15 p.m. about what inspires him and also displays his award-winning photography. Please note this is a change of programs for this date. San Juan Symphony conductor Arthur Post will now speak on Nov. 7.

Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, Nov. 7, is the hugely popular Women’s Civic Club bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center. As always, you’ll enjoy the bake sale, cafe, raffle and a silent auction — and a great variety of goods from a record 71 booths. Mark your calendar and watch for more details in next week’s library column. All proceeds from the bazaar go to the library.

Large print fiction

“There Goes the Bride” is an Agatha Raison mystery by M.C. Beaton. “Hardball” by Sara Paretsky is a mystery in the V. I. Warshawski series. “Chosen to Die” by Lisa Jackson is a romantic suspense novel featuring Detective Regan Pescoli. “The Alpine Uproad” by Mary Daheim is an Emma Lord mystery. “Plum Pudding Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swensen holiday mystery with recipes. “Stardust” by Joseph Kanon is a historical fiction mystery set in Hollywood in 1945. “Hothouse Orchid” is a Holly Barker mystery by Stuart Woods. “Pilgrims” is a Lake Wobegon romance by Garrison Keillor.

Large print nonfiction

“Have a Little Faith” by Mitch Albom is a true story of faith, hope and serving others. “True Compass” is a memoir by Edward M. Kennedy, the late senator from Massachusetts.

Books for preteens

“Nick of Time” by Ted Bell is an adventure through time set in 1939 England. In “The Magician’s Elephant” by Kate DiCamillo, an orphan follows the advice for a fortune teller to find his sister. “Found” and “Sent” are the first two books in The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. “The Dream Stealer” by Sid Fleischman is a fantasy. “Every Soul A Star” by Wendy Mass revolves around the total eclipse of the sun. “Everything For A Dog” by Ann M. Martin is about two stray dogs and a little boy.

Books for teens

“Going Bovine” by Libba Bray is about an angel who arrives to help a 16-year-old sick high schooler. “Invisible i” by Stella Lennon is a mystery about Amanda, the new girl at the high school.

Healthy cookbooks

“Diabetes & Heart Healthy Meals for Two” from the American Heart Association offers more than 170 recipes to help you eat well and eat right. “Cocinando Para Latinos Con Diabetes/Diabetic Cooking for Latinos” from the American Diabetes Association is a bilingual cookbook adapting Latin American recipes so you can eat your favorite foods while also controlling blood sugar.

Thanks to our donors

For their generous donations, we thank Tom Rea and Sheila Rogers. For books and materials this week, we thank Curt Christensen, Ron Monteferrante, Terry Hershey, Jeanne Kaiser, Merilyn Moorehead, Reyne O’Neal, Lisa Peterson, Doris Prior, Ruth Read, Jean Shah, Shirley Snider, Carol Thalman and Henry Williams.

Quotable quote

“It seems to me the book has not just aesthetic values — the charming little clothy box of the thing, the smell of the glue, even the print, which has its own beauty. But there’s something about the sensation of ink on paper that is in some sense a thing, a phenomenon rather than an epiphenomenon. I can’t break the association of electric trash with the computer screen. Words on the screen give the sense of being just another passing electronic wriggle.” — American contemporary writer John Updike.

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