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Thu, 22 Aug 2019 14:28:48 -0400
Katie Lyons <[log in to unmask]>
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Thank you for compiling the answers, Alexis! It's good to know we at  
Rice weren't alone this summer.

I give this feedback every year, and I'll say it again here: I'd have  
more patrons participating in ReadME if any selection came available  
in Large Print.

Katie Lyons
Circulation Supervisor
Rice Public Library, Kittery

Quoting Alexis Dixon <[log in to unmask]>:

> Thank you to everyone who sent their input on the summer attendance issue
> we were having.
> Here are the compiled answers:
> "I chose not to do Read ME this year because of the book selections. We
> did
> participate last year, but patron participation was minimal, again, I
> think, because of the book selections."
> "We didn't do it this year because of low attendance last summer. I suspect
> that had to do with book selections"
> "Staff mentioned that holds on those titles were crazy last year. I didn’t
> want to buy 15 copies of books that probably wouldn’t have circulated much
> later"
> "We really struggled with the book selections this year- they were both
> quite dark for summer reading! We had about a dozen for our book
> discussions, and we had about a dozen for one of the author visits. We had
> a lot of folks tell us that they weren't interested in reading the book
> selections and opted out of events that they would normally attend because
> of that. I think going forward we might be more selective about whether we
> participate in Read ME, basing it on what books are being chosen."
> "We had 8 people at our discussion...It was mostly our usual book
> discussion crowd with a couple new people.  It is summer, so people have so
> much else going on..."
> "I did not find that the books drew in more participants. However, both
> books generated really good discussions, no
> doubt about it. "
> Cheers,
> Alexis
> Alexis M. Dixon
> Circulation Manager
> Orono Public Library
> 39 Pine Street
> Orono, ME 04473
> (207) 866-5060 ext.3
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