SCARY STORY WRITING CONTEST

The Brookings Public Library has launched its annual search for scary stories and anyone from kindergarten through adults may submit a story for this contest. There is a limit of one entry per person and a 1000 word limit.

   Entries must be submitted to the Library by October 4.  The entries will then be judged and a   spooky event will be held in the Library on October 25 at 7 pm to announce the winners and read selected stories.

   Be creative and join in the fun.

Library Survey Results

The Library is pleased to announce the results of a community survey conducted June 17-July 3, 2013.  There were 697 paper surveys submitted and 47 online ones for a total of 744.

The survey respondents indicated a strong approval rating of the overall services of the Library with 96% of the 744 respondents stating that they were Extremely or Very satisfied with services.

The helpfulness of the Library staff showed an even greater satisfaction with 97% of the respondents stating that they were Extremely or Very satisfied with the service received from staff members.

More than 51% of users come to the Library every week with other attendance spread fairly evenly between daily (8%), bi-monthly (15%), monthly (13%), and occasionally (13%).   The majority of use comes in the circulation of books (494) and of audiovisual items (244).  Other notable use was Internet use (154), reading newspapers and magazines (149) and attending a Library program (138).

We received 243 comments on the survey.  From those comments, we found several areas that the public wants the Library Board to review for change.  Those include correcting recent computer lab problems, adding more computer classes, and purchasing more ebooks and newer movies.  Respondents also made suggestions for increased hours and improvements to the Library’s website.  The Board will discuss these items in the near future.

Thank you all for participating in the Survey!

 

Pronunciator

The Library has a new free language learning program. Pronunciator has 75 languages to learn. Within each language, Pronunciator offers up to 10,000 phrases, 354 hours of audio lessons, 8 types of interactive drills, 2000 downloadable PDF phrasebooks, and 6 types of scored quizzes. You have the option of learning through guided "Postcards" courses or from the ground up by building your own conversations.

All you need is your library card to access Pronunciator. Click on the Pronunciator image above to check it out. You can also find a link to this language program on our Resources page.

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