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BEND, OR -- The Deschutes Public Library is collecting community input on what services will be needed in the next 10 to 20 years. Library Director Todd Dunkelberg is hopeful an online survey will help.

 

The survey asks about what cultural options are needed in Deschutes County, and how people are currently using the library. "[We're] Really trying to come in and find out what people’s interest and aspirations are for their community, going forward. And then, the next piece for us will be to look at ‘how does the library fit into that'?" Dunkelberg tells KBND News, "One trend that we’re definitely seeing nationwide – a direction libraries are going – they’re being more than what you traditionally think of a library, where you come in, check out a book and leave. But, really being that cultural center for the community; a place to gather, a place to come to story time, a place to come to programs, a place to meet your neighbors or hold a meeting with your club. So, we’re really looking at how would that fit in based on how much our county is growing?"

 

But, he says he doesn't have a preconceived idea of how people will respond, "We didn’t want to come in and say, ‘here’s what has to happen and here’s how people have to use the library.’ This really is all about listening to our community. We don’t want to make any assumptions about where we should be. We want to know what people are thinking and how we fit into it."

 

Click HERE to take the survey. 

 

Responses are accepted through Monday, October 30. Then, the data will be compiled and presented to the Library Board in December. 

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