by Beth Cronk, Litchfield head librarian
Have you always wanted to tell library management what you think about the library? Here’s your big chance to give us your opinion.
Pioneerland Library System is creating a strategic plan for the next several years. Right now we are offering a survey online to get input from the public. It’s only seven questions long and very easy to complete. You can take it even if you don’t use the library-- tell us why you don’t! Please tell us what services you think are the most important for the library to offer and how you use our library.
The survey will be available through our website and Pioneerland’s for the next couple of weeks. Go to litchlibrary.blogspot.com or www.pioneerland.lib.mn.us to find it. If you aren’t comfortable using a computer, come in to the library and ask a staff member to help you complete it on a library computer.
Here’s another chance for your voice to be heard: we have a short story contest going on for teens through the month of October. The contest is open to grades 6 through 12. The story should be 1000 words or less with no profanity or vulgar language. Email your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1; we are not accepting entries on paper. By entering the contest, you agree to have your story published on our blog in November.
We are holding this contest to observe Teen Read Week, an annual event celebrated in libraries across the country.
And, finally, there’s a new opportunity for teens to make a difference in our library. The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is a group of 9th through 12th graders from our area who want to make our library a great place for teens. They will meet every month to discuss and plan programs, make book recommendations, and talk about other teen-related library issues. They will also assist with Saturday storyhours, volunteer at the Watercade book sale, and do other occasional volunteering at the library.
The next meeting for TAG will be on Saturday, October 26, from 4-8 p.m. The group will elect officers and begin planning, then have a Halloween costume contest, eat, and play games. Signing up with Tiana ahead of time is required.
This is a brand-new group, so it’s a great opportunity for high school students to take on leadership roles. Just think, it could sound good on a college application: president of the Litchfield Public Library’s teen advisory group. Beyond that, though, it will be a great way to help make the library the kind of place teens want to use, to make friends, and to have fun.
This is your library. It belongs to this community. Get involved and make your voice heard.