Results of a survey taken this summer and revealed Thursday indicate respondents favor the idea of building a new facility over remodeling the current Grand Forks Public Library.
Survey takers were asked to score criteria using the number five for “strongly agree” and one for “strongly disagree” with other responses falling in between. About 720 people filled out the survey.
Building a new library received more high-end scores than its counterpart, with 43 percent saying they strongly agreed with the idea compared to 18 percent strongly agreeing with a remodel.
“It’s not scientific, but it gives us the chance to hear the voices of the community,” said Matthew Leiphon, a consultant with Praxis Strategy Group.
The survey was offered on a voluntary basis by Praxis and the Library Working Group to gauge residents’ thoughts on what the library’s priorities should be moving forward.
The Library Working Group is charged with using public feedback and other research to make recommendations regarding the library’s future to the Library Board. Those recommendations could include a remodel, expansion, new building or other options. Continue reading the story here.
One important note: Praxis and group members acknowledged that a majority of people who took the survey are likely library supporters and while their view may not represent the entire community, they are the ones who spoke up about the facility’s future.