County Library Embarks on Feedback Gathering Effort

"Now is a spectacular time to speak up about what you love to support and services or products you wish the library will provide in the future," county officials said.

The following is a news release from the County of Marin: 

If you are a regular visitor to branches of the Marin County  Free Library (MCFL), you know how important public support is for our library network. Now is a spectacular time to speak up about what you love to support and services or products you wish the library will provide in the future.

Sara Jones, Director of Library Services with MCFL, is working with her staff to collect feedback about library customer service and assess needs for long-range fiscal planning purposes. A planning meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. March 4 at Marin Center’s Manzanita Room, and you are invited to come share your thoughts. The Manzanita Room is at 10 Avenue of the Flags, near Exhibition Hall and the Showcase Theater.

MCFL card holders recently were mailed a 2013 Accountability Report packed with information about how the library branches are funded. The mailer included a comment/question card that can be mailed back to MCFL staff. Those interested in contributing advice can fill out and mail the card, fill out an electronic form or email library@marincounty.org.

MCFL serves the unincorporated areas of Marin as well as the City of Novato and the towns of Fairfax and Corte Madera.

Learn more the library budget at www.marinlibrary.org.

CB March 01, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Public libraries support education for all ages! Don't take them for granted.
novato 3per March 01, 2014 at 10:51 AM
I agree with your statement CB, but with the understanding that taxpayers support education MORE THAN EVER these days, don't take them for granted either. Furthermore, ebooks and internet have improved access to written media for all, making libraries less of a necessity and more of a classical, nostalgic alternative to book access.
CB March 01, 2014 at 11:09 AM
I am in favor of frugal spending. Agreed. However, the libraries are not antiquated or nostalgic. They are a thriving source of education and connection in our communities. Within the last week I met two women (separately), who use the library as their only internet or computer source. Neither owned a computer or a cell phone. These were working adult women. They also use the library for books and news. Personally, I use the library frequently for books, movies and connecting with others in my community. There are many events & discussion groups available.
novato 3per March 01, 2014 at 12:45 PM
These women are an exception and likely rely on the library by choice or principle, not necessity, as I'm quite sure the government offers free or low cost internet and cell phone service to keep tabs on EVERYONE. Even jobless illegal aliens find a way to get ahold of pay as you go cell plans and use the internet for email, craigslist, etc. Having said that, I like the idea of the library for community education and would like to see more storytime readings for children.
Concerned Citizen March 01, 2014 at 07:39 PM
The library is a measure of a society that values access to education for all. I use ebooks at least once a week. There are many that use the library because of a lack of alternatives. We should use libraries for children to research and read as opposed to the current model of video causing social non-interaction. That aside the argument made of how to support and fund our library is unfair. It is time for all who vote to also take part in what they vote for. It is patently unfair to tax one group by proxy. I would gladly pay for all to have access. But I'm no longer comfortable paying for those that ask me to pay while not having the same obligation. The argument that homeowners are a higher income class is not applicable in Novato. Many homeowners fall into the income bracket as renters. I don't believe there are those who couldn;t afford 50 cents a month per person. That is what it would cost for our 52000+ residents vs the parcel tax levied on a few for the roughly 9000 parcels in town. Libraries are different than schools but that formula should be reconsidered. The argument that good schools help support higher property values is applicable. However the only persons that should have a say any parcel tax should be those with a parcel. One parcel one vote. If you want to have a supplemental tax to support our schools I'm in. But same as libraries if you have kids in the system you should pay at least as much as you are asking me to pay without a child in the system. One vote should equal one fixed dollar contribution. I wonder how many would be so free with my dollars if they had to put their money where their vote is?


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