Castlegar Library seeks community feedback

The Castlegar and District Public Library is encouraging residents to fill out a community survey by Friday, Dec. 18.

The Castlegar and District Public Library is currently looking for feedback from the community.

The library is encouraging residents from Castlegar and the district to fill out a community survey by Friday, Dec. 18. The results of the survey will be used to make future decisions about the library’s programs and resources.

“After we get those surveys back, we also do some focus groups with our stake holders: the staff, our volunteers, friends of the library, literacy groups in the community, local government,” explains Heather Maisel, library director. “Then the library board come together in January and do a planning session to come up with a plan for our next three years.”

So far the library has received 800 responses.

“Which is really great because it gives us a good idea of what people’s ideas are for the library, and what they like and what they don’t like, and suggestions for how we can improve,” says Maisel.

The library does a community survey every three to five years.

“Our cycles are getting shorter and shorter because so many things are changing, especially with technology,” says Maisel. “Five years ago, e-books were not popular, now they are hugely popular. So that kind of thing really affects what we can plan for, so we always want to keep in touch with what the community wants.”

Previous surveys have led to the library expanding certain parts of its collection, and have resulted in the book drop at the Castlegar Complex and Castlegar’s Living Library.

Those who participate are eligible to win gift certificates at Crumbs Bakery Café and Café Books.

“We really appreciate all the response and that people in the community really care enough about the library and our services to give us their honest feedback,” said Maisel. “It really helps.”

The full survey ran in the Nov. 19 edition of the Castlegar News and is available online at surveymonkey.com/r/cdpl2016.

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: Highway 3A reopened after mudslide cleared

A mudslide closed Highway 3A between Castlegar and Nelson just north of the Brilliant Dam on Wednesday.

New and expanding businesses abound around Castlegar

Fourteen vacant commercial spaces have been filled in recent months

Addressing the opioid crisis in Castlegar

Decriminalization is key to providing proper support for people who use drugs, a conference heard.

Castlegar shares draft 2018 budget

Property owners can expect to see a 3.5% property tax increase — about $39 for the typical home.

Localized flooding on Bloomer Creek

Castlegar’s Oglow subdivision experienced some flooding due to failure of a private culvert.

Lt.-Gov. Guichon believes she made the right decision in last B.C. election

Outgoing Lt.-Gov Judith Guichon said her most memorable moments weren’t surrounding the election

NAFTA: Talks continue through weekend in scramble to get a deal

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called negotiations ‘perpetual’

Pulp mill fined $900,000 for leaking effluent into B.C. lake

Mackenzie Pulp Mill pleaded guilty to depositing deleterious substance into water frequented by fish

B.C.’s 2-year lobbying ban starts May 1

Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists can grant exemptions from the prohibition if public interest

Horgan speaks of government’s successes to ‘friends’ at CUPE BC convention

CUPE BC president Paul Faoro said was first time a B.C. premier addressed convention in some time

Speed Skating Canada fires coach Michael Crowe after investigation

Crowe was a coach on the American team from 1983 to 1991 and again from 1999 to 2006

5 things to know about the ongoing influx of asylum seekers in Canada

Number of illegal border crossings are up this year – as RCMP, military, politicians try to combat

VIDEO: Smokers talk pot rules at annual 4-20 event

Annual pot protest-meets-festival in Vancouver attracted hundreds to vendors, concert

New funds, recruits set to alleviate B.C. sheriff shortage

The Government of British Columbia announced new sheriff graduates, funding for more classes

Most Read