From the Director – December 2010

Melissa Carr, DBRL Director

As 2010 winds down, we’re looking ahead to 2011 with an updated strategic plan in place for continuing to improve our services. To help us better understand what services you want and how we can improve, we’ll be conducting a community-wide survey in January and February 2011. If you are one of families receiving a survey, please take the time to complete it. Your input will be invaluable to us as we plan ahead.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Next year, we will be streamlining our holds/reserves process to keep up with the demand and to continue the same level of service you’ve come to expect.

Many of you have asked that we carry feature films. In response, we will be adding movies based on children’s and teen’s books to our DVD collection beginning December 1, 2010. These will be available at all three of our libraries, on our bookmobiles and at Library-To-Go at Ed’s Quick Stop in Hallsville, so you and your family will be able to check out familiar titles like “Polar Express,” “Twilight,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Coraline” and “My Sister’s Keeper.” We thank the Friends for donating $13,000 to help us purchase these latest additions.

Periodically we get requests to be able to sign up for a library card online. Now adults can do so by filling out our new online application. Once we receive the electronic application, we mail you the card along with instructions on how to activate it. This way, those of you who use the bookmobiles, Library-To-Go and online services don’t have to drive to a library building to get a library card.

One Read

Our community-wide One Read program continues to be a popular annual activity. Next year, we will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. We’ve read a number of fascinating books over the past ten years, and are looking for your input on what the 2011 selection should be. We will be taking your suggestions through December 15. Visit any of our locations or propose a title online.

On average, over 2,000 people visit the Columbia Public Library each day, creating high demand for parking. With more spaces now available in the north lot bordering Broadway, we now have more than 225 parking spaces available for patrons. Usually even if the south lot is full, there is still room in the north lot.

Your library is here to encourage reading, to promote lifelong learning and to serve as many as we can in our community. You help us by giving us feedback and ideas. A good number of our strategic planning implementation strategies originated with a patron suggestion. We thank you for your interest in your library.

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