Library board seeks public input

Feb. 9, 2011

What is most important to you about the library? What services do you value?

These are sample questions from the survey now underway, targeting anyone with ideas about the reopening of the Hood River County Library system.

By engaging the community with this 11-question feedback form, the Hood River County Library District Board of Directors is beginning a visioning process for the new library.

An online or hard copy version of the survey is now available for any concerned community member to complete and submit - with a fast-approaching deadline for submissions of Friday, Feb. 18.

With a goal to reinstate library services on July 1, at a limited level, the group is now seeking community input to help establish priorities and long-term objectives.

The survey is available at or hard-copy surveys may be picked up in Hood River at Book Stop, Waucoma Bookstore and Dog River Coffee; in Odell at Hello Gorgeous; in Cascade Locks at the Cascade Locks Library and in Parkdale at McIsaac's Store.

Hard-copy surveys may be returned to the pickup locations.

One important piece of information will affect the ability of the board to respond to the community's hopes for a fast reopening - the library service district does not receive tax funding until November 2011. Early opening, therefore, is contingent on the community's ability to raise private money through donations and grants.

Board members are working closely with its charitable partners, the Library Foundation and Friends of the Library, to achieve preliminary goals and "are optimistic that Hood River kids and adults will have a library to enjoy again this summer," said Heather Staten, library board member.

Additional inquiries may be directed to the library board member e-mail addresses found within the previously listed library website address.

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