This column first appeared in the Caledonia Argus and was written by Ashley Dress, Library Director.
This month, the Caledonia Public Library will be distributing a survey to households in our service area, which includes residents of Brownsville, Caledonia, Eitzen, and Freeburg. As a new resident, I’m discovering new things about the community and the library all of the time. Specifically, I’m learning about what people would like to see in our library space, and the more input I have from everyone, the more welcoming and useful the library will be for the community.
Through a series of conversations with groups like seniors at the high school, daycare providers, public health employees and Rotary Club members, I’m finding out what Caledonians love about this community and what they would like to add to make it an even greater one. I will continue to have conversations with groups in the community, and I encourage everyone to come into the library to share their thoughts with me, but I can’t have the in-depth talks with all residents that I would like to have, so I’m making a request to share your opinion through this survey.
Moving to Caledonia was a challenge for me, as moving to a new place can be for anyone. Making friends when you’re an adult is sometimes hard, and although Caledonia isn’t that large, it takes some time to learn where things are. I’m still discovering new things that the community has to offer. What I’m also discovering is that there is a lot of enthusiasm for improving this place that I have already grown to love.
The survey is sponsored through funding received from the Bremer Foundation as well as from support from the Caledonia Friends of the Library. With information gathered from the survey, I hope to determine how satisfied residents are with the service they receive at our library and what we can do to improve our existing services and programs. Even more, I want to know what we can add to our programs and services to ensure that we’re meeting community needs as well as providing new technologies.There are so many individuals and groups that are doing wonderful things to better this place we call home, and my hope is that the library will continue to serve as an important hub, meeting space and creativity incubator as we move into the future.
Surveys will be distributed to each household in the city of Caledonia through the June utility bill. If you are outside the city, surveys will be mailed to each household. They will also be available in the library and online. They can be returned with your city utility bill, if you are a city of Caledonia resident, as well as at the library or to the book drop box outside our building. Thank you in advance for your help in making the Caledonia Public Library even better.
CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY!