Teton County Library

Reading is a personal act: Some people love the convenience of e-book readers like Kindles, while others insist on using paper copies so they can dog-ear the pages and scribble marginalia while they read.

Teton County Library administrators want to know which kind of reader you are (though they ask that you don’t write in the library books).

The library recently released a survey to get a better handle on how people check things out and what kinds of new materials they would like staff to procure.

The survey at TCLib.org/formatsurvey asks for basic information like whether you live in Teton County, how often you use the library and how old you are. It also asks what kinds of library materials you use the most and which ones you would like to see more of.

Library materials come in many forms, including physical ones like books, magazines and vinyl records, as well as digital items like e-books and e-audiobooks.

“These days, we have more choices than ever for how we want to read, listen to, or watch the materials we access through the library,” Library Director Dawn Jenkin said in a press release. “Checkout statistics tell us a lot about collection use, but we’re using the format survey to dig a little deeper and hear personal comments that will help form a more complete picture of community preference than statistics alone.”

Along with the survey, the library also announced that this weekend it is changing its hours. The change has been in the works for a while.

Library staff performed a four-week, hour-by-hour study of use in nonreserved areas of the facility to see when patron use was heavier.

They found that at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, when the library closed, use was high. But people left well before the 6:30 p.m. Sunday closing time.

They have tweaked the hours so that both weekend days end at the same time, allowing more open time Saturday and less Sunday.

The Jackson branch schedule is 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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