A look at the research habits of public library users

Consumer behavior studies and industry statistics reveal that there is a growing – yes, growing! – demand for credible research content, and many people go to their local libraries to get it.  Here are some interesting facts relating to the research habits of public library users:
·    54 percent of them say that they visit the library to research topics that interest them.  That’s the second most popular reason to go to the library, ahead of borrowing books and using computers.
·    People view the library as the only unbiased information curator with the public interest in mind, not driven by revenues or self-interest.
·    What are people researching?  66 percent are doing research for school or work, 47 percent are seeking health information and 36 percent are job hunting.
·    They want to research in “short bursts.”  They don’t want a full resource but rather to be directed to the specific information they need.  People look to their library to filter out the best information.

Holiday closure
Your library will be closed next Monday, February 16 for Presidents Day.

Free ACT prep for teens
Mark your calendars for next Thursday, February 19 from 4-5:30 p.m. when we will teach an ACT prep class.  Teens will learn about the free resources that the library offers students to prepare for the ACT tests.

Winter reading bingo
If you or others in your family have a case of the winter blahs, we have a fun new all-ages program to keep you engaged during the month of February.  To participate, pick up a special bingo playing card at your library.  If you complete two bingos in a row, you win a bookmark.  If you complete a blackout bingo, you can choose a prize from the treasure chest. On Friday, February 27 from 4-5 p.m. we will celebrate the completion of the Winter Reading Bingo program with an ice cream party.

Free avalanche awareness today
This session taught by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center today (Thursday, February 12) from 5 – 7 p.m. covers avalanche hazard recognition, safety equipment and Internet resources.

Viewing of LEGO contest entries
We invite you to come to the library this Saturday, February 14 to admire the entries in our LEGO contest.  Judging takes place at noon.  Viewing is from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Entries will be judged on general appearance and design, use of color, neatness and care of construction, and degree of difficulty.  Prizes will be awarded in each of four age categories – preschool, ages 5-6, ages 8-11 and ages 12-17.  One prize will also be awarded for the Judges’ Choice.  We expect that you will be very impressed with the youngsters’ creativity and talent.

Free Family Fridays
Join us for the free Family Fridays program tomorrow (February 13) from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school.  This is a special time every week for the whole family to come to the library together – parents with kids, all siblings regardless of age, or whatever combination of the family is available at that particular time.  Each week features a different activity.  Tomorrow is film day.

Free teen and tween gaming
Join us every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for fun for teen gaming fans.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games. Tween gaming takes place on Wednesday, February 18 from 4 – 5 p.m.

Free technology classes
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions.  A more formal session requiring advance registration focuses on Microsoft Word Basics from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 19.

Card battles cancelled
Sorry, there will be no more Card Battles on Mondays.

“The Big Seven” by Jim Harrison features Det. Sunderson confronting a gun-nut family who live outside the law in rural Michigan.  “Driving the King” by Ravi Howard is a portrait of pre-Civil Rights America featuring Nat King Cole and his driver.  “Christopher’s Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger” by V.C. Andrews begins with the discovery of a diary.  “The Great Zoo of China” by Matthew Reilly is an adventure based on the Chinese claiming the existence of dragons.  “Outline” by Rachel Cusk is a novel based on 10 conversations with a teacher of a creative writing course in Athens.

“Dogwood Hill” by Sherryl Woods is a romance.  “Rain on the Dead” by Jack Higgins is the latest in the Sean Dillon suspense series.  “Robert Parker’s The Bridge” by Robert Knott is a western.  “Die Again” by Tess Gerritsen is the latest in the Rizzoli and Isles mystery series.  “Saint Odd” by Dean Koontz is the conclusion to the Odd Thomas series.  “Saving Grace” by Jane Green follows an apparently perfect family whose life crumbles after the husband’s assistant leaves.  “Descent” by Tim Johnson follows a family on vacation in the Rocky Mountains whose daughter disappears.  “Cold Cold Heart” by Tami Hoag tells of a woman suffering PTSD after surviving a serial killer’s attack.  “Uncle Janice” by Matt Burgess features an undercover NYPD narcotics officer.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials, we thank Jeanne Kaiser,  Kristal Fortune, Sheila McKenzie,  Heidi Kimmel and Jeff Versaw.

Quotable Quote
“Does skiing keep you young, or do the young-thinking continue to ski?  Does it matter?” – Ski magazine, December 2014.

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