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Mt. Kisco Library Asking for Program Feedback

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MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – The Mount Kisco Public Library is eager for some user feedback.

The library has created a public survey to gather information that will help board members and staff determine the best use of village-appropriated funds for the 2012-13 budget year, which begins June 1.

The village board of trustees passed Mount Kisco's 2012-13 budget on April 23. According to library acting director Mary Ayers, during the budget process, there were regular meetings to negotiate the library fund with the village board, library board president Christienne Genaro, the library's business manager, Village Manager Jim Palmer, the finance office and the village treasurer.

The village is trying to comply with the state's new 2 percent tax cap, said Palmer, so officials looked for opportunities to renegotiate government contracts wherever possible.

In the library's case, this was a switch to an outside contractor for the HVAC, reducing the contract from an annual service agreement to a semi-annual service agreement.

He also said that funding for the library's nonfiction collections was reduced slightly, but this was only to account for salary adjustments proposed by the library.

Now that the library's portion of the village budget has been established and funds appropriated, library officials said it is time for them to make the best of what they have been given. For this, they are looking to users to see what types of programs they like best and what times they would be most likely to attend.

Genaro said library programs are not paid for by the town, but by the Friends of the Mount Kisco Public Library and the Westchester Library System , so feedback will show librarians how they should schedule programs to best use the money given to them by the town, which pays for basic expenses incurred by keeping the library open, such as electricity and employee salaries.

The big question is whether people will be interested in coming to the library to attend programs during non-operational hours if circulation services are not available at those times, Genaro said.

“We should be looking at what our patrons want, not only based on the data of what they use but by surveying them periodically,” said Genaro.

If library users are interested in weighing in, they can access the survey here . Copies are also available at the library's front desk. There is one more week to complete the survey.

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