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Published April 19, 2011, 10:33 PM

Results Are In: Library Not Just for Checking Out Books

Results are in, and many of you have given your input about needs from a new library. A ranking system by the library's architect was compiled and it gives us a different view of how some people feel about the purpose of a library.

Results are in, and many of you have given your input about needs from a new library.

A ranking system by the library's architect was compiled and it gives us a different view of how some people feel about the purpose of a library.

The library made some room for new reading material in the form of feedback from people in Grand Forks.

"Almost all of those are beyond what we call traditional library services," PSA-Newberry architect Rick McCarthy said.

The results from a public input session in March are in. A group of about 120 people divided into groups: senior citizens, parents with young children and youth ranked their most important needs out of about 30 choices. All groups ranked a café the highest. Other top choices are a children's activity room and space for exhibits.

"A lot of these have to do with social interaction and community center," McCarthy said.

McCarthy says these results show a shift in library trends from how they were once used: a big building for checking out books. These days, a library can be more experience-oriented. A new building could offer more than just more books.

"It'll offer different kinds of services and a much wider palette of things going on," McCarthy said.

"It's not going to be a bigger version of this. It's going to be a modern and vital library," library director Wendy Wendt said.

Wendt hopes these ideas will redefine the oppositions ideas of the end result. The plans could help create a personalized interior for needs in Grand Forks.

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