What we heard
Between September 2013 and February 2014, the public was invited to discuss current and future Library services with City Librarian Marcellus Turner at a series of 12 "Community Conversations." Turner also provided an update on implementation of the Library levy, approved by Seattle voters in August 2012.
Participating patrons were encouraged to give their specific feedback about five Library service priorities: Youth and early learning; technology and access; community engagement; Seattle culture and history; and re-imagined spaces. The city librarian also fielded questions from patrons about a wide range of topics. You can read the results of these individual meetings here.
Summary Report for all 12 events
By the numbers:
Over 140 questions
The community values:
Over 20% of the questions were about collections
Over 16% of the questions were about programs, resources, and outreach to support early learning and teens
Over 10% of the questions related to more programming and making programming more accessible at the branches.
There were many "how-to" questions, including:
Other areas of interest included:
- Add more comfortable seating and spaces
- Provide support for our homeless friends and neighbors
- Stay open later in the evening or provide longer open hours generally
- Provide updates on the Library's relationship with the King County Library System and the Reciprocal Use Agreement
The comments and concerns shared by patrons at these events will inform the Library's planning across a range of areas as we go forward. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Cargal in the Office of the City Librarian.