Libraries are many things to their communities. They are learning labs for the very young – where the pre-literacy skills taught in storytime prepare children to read, listen and learn. They are repositories of wonderful, engaging ideas – in books, film and music – that entertain, enhance leisure time and stimulate imagination and creativity. They are a wellspring of the practical information people need to improve their quality of life and to increase individual options in a complex society—information about health, education, business, child care, technology, the environment, employment and much more. They offer homework resources to ensure that children succeed in school, and technology training to ensure everyone has the skills to succeed in the digital age. Libraries also provide opportunities for people of all ages to connect with ideas and with each other through programming.
Library programs give their communities the opportunity to explore, think about, talk about and exchange ideas about literature, history, art, music, film, current events, culture and a variety of other topics. They can be programs that teach, demonstrate, inform, entertain, inspire or encourage discussion. Library programs range from book talks to art exhibits, from topical workshops to hands-on craft projects. In past years, for example, we’ve offered programs as diverse as digital photography, apple pie making, cemeteries, nutrition, Irish history, local history, employment, genealogy, retirement, credit scores, iPads, smartphones and how to paint with watercolors. We’ve had dozens of authors talk about their books, and dozens of artists exhibit their works.
We’re now in the process of planning our programs for the coming year, and we’d like to hear from you. As we plan for library programs, it’s essential that we consider the community. Our programs should be a reflection of your interests, ideas and needs. This is where you can help.
We’ve designed a short, five question survey that we are asking everyone to complete. We’re asking that you share your thoughts and comments about what types of programs you’d be interested in. You can access the survey online at the library’s website, raynhampubliclibrary.org, or pick-up a printed copy at the library. We are open to your ideas. Let us hear from you.