If we had a magic wand..

July 29, 2019

A few months ago we asked our customers on Facebook to let us know what they would like to see in their library if we could wave a magic wand. Sadly we don’t have a wand, but we do feel like we can work towards many of these requests, and in fact…many are already in process!

  1. Wheelchair/handicapped access where patrons can also park in Tahsis
  2. Open every day in Port Clements!
  3. To see the events listed here under an events tab ? and share them all to Around Sayward!
  4. Change the hours to match when the Kelsey Center is open and recycling.
  5. How about a vacation experience.
  6. A meeting room in Parksville that community organizations could use free of charge for any kind of meeting and that can be booked online.
  7. An above-ground facility with lots of natural light in Tofino
  8. Borrowable ebook readers.
  9. Events: readings, discussion groups, workshops, documentary showings
  10. Love the idea of a tool library, I have also seen ones with baking ware. Classes taught by volunteers would also be awesome, gardening, sewing, painting etc.
  11.  Storytimes on weekends too so working parents and grandparents could bring kids to in Cumberland, Courtenay or Comox branch
  12.  To open at 9 am and to have a quiet room for study
  13. Doing a great job, maybe time to refresh the paint job in some areas.
  14. Expand it to the Parking lot between the Library and the community centre, closed in with glass, for use all year round, a place where families can interact, read books, interactive learning toys, a place for puppet shows,
  15. A private room that the community could book and use for activities like crafting, ukulele lessons, senior teas or events, board game night…
  16. To have a library in Black Creek…
  17. Darn! I really had my heart set on having “kittens on loan”! Oh well! ??
  18.  Kids reading nook or reading cubbies would be great in the Mill Bay branch. Something that could make the kid’s area much more inviting. Comfy adult reading areas would be great as well. A toy library, tool library or baking library could also be great additions to share among all the branches.
  19.  A designated silent/adults only hour where you’re open a bit later.
  20. Books, books and more books!
  21.  A cozy corner with a fireplace.
  22.  A water fountain at Cowichan Lake Library.
  23. All late fees are forgiven annually
  24.  More hours, including mornings. Expanded space. A spruce up of circ desks and shelving for Gold River. A fireplace and space for casual meetings, or workshops.
  25. Tools. Like a good drill.
  26.  A mostly quiet area for silent study.
  27.  Cumberland branch open Sunday
  28. Better accessibility in Tahsis
  29.  More French children books
  30. More kids computers
  31. How about something like this?https://www.rd.com/culture/human-library/
  32. ❤️ a library that is always full of curious minds. Minds that want to read and learn and be around other people. Minds that crave the smell of books and the feel of pages being turned. ❤️

We hear you VIRL fans and all of these suggestions have been passed on to those who can make the changes. In return, we do have a few asks for you! Our libraries rely on support from people just like you so we asked a few of our wise librarians’ ways that you can show your support. Their solutions are pretty simple:

  1. Visit us!
  2. Tell your friends and family about us.
  3. Make a small monetary donation to your branch so we can put on great special programs and provide our communities with the extra things they want in our branches.
  4. Fill in a comment card! We are always looking for new ways to make our customers happy.
  5. Ask a librarian what to read next. It makes our day and your new read might make yours too.
  6. Join a library book club! You’ll make new friends in your community, and it will make your library feel more like home.

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