Cambridge Public Library

Dec 11: Survey from High School Parents Advisory Committee


Survey from High School Parents Advisory Committee,

Meeting, Wednesday December 11, 1996 Joanne Ackman, Parent Coordinator. Martha Osler and Karen Carmean pass out surveys.

To provide access to all the people of Cambridge and to insure that we manage our resources well, Library 21 is gathering information from as many groups as possible about what the people want.

What would you like in the library?

A. Community Activity Center

  • Study carrels
  • Blocks play area
  • Chess on computers
  • Tetris game on computers
  • Activity area separate from books
  • Special events, some

B. Community Information Center

C. Formal Education Support Center

  • Study carrels
  • Homework on computers at library
  • Writing on computers at library
  • Reference materials expanded for special needs youth
  • Homework with my son
  • My tenth grader mainly uses branches

D. Independent Learning Center

  • Classes and help to connect with the internet
  • Homework and research for my child
  • Internet instruction! for parents and faculty

E. Popular Materials Lending Library

  • Easy to read books for special needs youth need to expand
  • Many outdated books
  • Insufficient materials
  • Perhaps less should circulate
  • Computers, the more uses, the more computers you need
  • Tapes, more needed
  • Book contributions, more needed on shelves
  • Computers, more computers for greater accessibility would no doubt be well used.
  • Classical music on videos and CDs
  • Opera videos and CDs
  • Larger book selection at branches
  • More selection of books at main
  • More books and tapes
  • Not much use of computers by children
  • Computers!
  • More computers
  • Friendliness, careful attention to software re friendliness to naive users
  • Computers for homework, research and internet

F. Preschoolers Door to Learning

  • Need close proximity to playground space

G. Reference Library

  • Help to connect with the interlibrary loan

H. Research Center

  • Research, I come to the library for research
  • Research

I. Other- important functions missing from list

  • Iíd like the building expansion to not make this neighborhood more congested.
  • Children's rooms are (were) terrific - Main and Central Square
  • More space is probably needed
  • For my personal needs, the present library is great and needs no improvement
  • Tables, However, from my observations, more reading/writing space (tables) could probably be used.
  • Great as is, childrenís space in main library
  • More light in stacks
  • Childrenís room in main library should include places for homework, computer use, reference area and librarian
  • Air-conditioned stacks
  • Playground area: Need close proximity to outside facilities (playground area) and the main library, particularly for the younger and preschool children
  • Use library Evening, weekends, Saturdays and Sundays

J. An Important Civic Building

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