By: Diane Benjamin The Bloomington Public Library wants another tax hike. They are still looking to expand. What is clear is they aren’t expanding for books. To keep traffic coming to the library their focus is events. http://www.bloomingtonlibrary.org/Assets/files/bpl_board/boardpackets/2019/2019.10bplboardpacket.pdf Do taxpayers get a voice? Does the Bloomington Library exist to hold free events? Is that something […]
By: Diane Benjamin In case you didn’t know, there is an establishment in downtown Bloomington that holds drag queen story hours for kids. Since they are a private business, they can do whatever they want. Next weekend is the 2nd Pride Fest. Last year people told me it was not a kid friendly event Holding […]
By: Diane Benjamin PDF page 14 – Bloomington Public Library Board Meeting: The “Active Users” is the only number that has increased. PDF pages 29 and 30 show E-book and computer use are both higher than last year. More space for books is obviously not needed since circulation numbers continue to decrease. The library does […]
By: Diane Benjamin The chart below is included in the Board Packet for the November meeting of the Bloomington Public Library Board. PDF page 14: http://www.bloomingtonlibrary.org/Assets/files/bpl_board/boardpackets/2018/2018.11bplboardpacket.pdf Circulation has been declining since 2013. “Active Users” isn’t defined, but the increase isn’t because they are checking out materials. This story recaps the facts available for October 2017, […]
By: Diane Benjamin The expansion plans for the Bloomington Library weren’t well received by anybody on the council except Tari. Amelia Buragas still wants to move the library claiming people want it closer to downtown. The expansion plans presented still don’t provide enough parking according to Amelia and City Code. Several think parking isn’t needed […]
By: Diane Benjamin We may find out tonight at the Committee of the Whole meeting. The Library staff is making their presentation on how plans are going. They should answer some questions first: From the September 2014 City manager’s report: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=7452 2014 was down from 2013! What about September of 2018? The below is from […]
By: Diane Benjamin Or is the library desperate to remain relevant in the age of internet and e-books?