KF Public Library seeks community feedback on proposed changes and draft plan

PRESS RELEASE — To make a positive difference in the lives of everyone in Kingston-Frontenac, KFPL hours of operation must continue to meet the needs of our communities. The library wants to provide fair service in all library branches.

The new library facilities plan for KFPL branches will ensure that quality library facilities are provided over the next 20 years to meet the emerging needs of urban and rural communities. A draft version will be available soon and KFPL is seeking community feedback.

The library also conducted a review of branch hours for all branches in Frontenac County. In the fall of 2021, KFPL collected community feedback through a survey, which the library reviewed alongside the draft library facilities plan and KFPL’s visitor and borrowing data. KFPL is proposing changes or adjustments to the hours of nine of the county’s 11 branches.

Centre-Frontenac

In Central Frontenac, the draft library facilities plan recommends maintaining the four Central Frontenac branches due to the large geographic area to be served. The plan also recommends that the Sharbot Lake branch be expanded to better serve the community.

“Every hour of library operation has a cost and there is no funding available to increase service hours in the township,” explained Kimberly Sutherland Mills, Director, Design and Service Delivery.

“KFPL wants to serve as many people as possible. To do this, we must balance opening hours in branches in order to serve as many people as possible with the same resources. »

Analysis of KFPL comments and data shows the following at Central Frontenac:

• The Sharbot Lake branch is the busiest location, with 54.8 percent (247) of Central Frontenac library users in 2021 and percent (7,487) of loans and renewals for the year. 79.4 percent of the branch’s active cardholders have used the library in the past year.
• The Arden and Mountain Grove branches, despite having equivalent opening hours, show a significant difference in usage. Arden served 18% (82) of borrowers in the township, compared to 12% for Mountain Grove (55). Loans and renewals at the Arden branch were more than double that of Mountain Grove, with Arden loaning and renewing 4,662 items compared to Mountain Grove’s 2,170.
• Despite the more limited opening hours of the Parham branch, it served 14.6% (66) of area borrowers and processed 18.9% (3,337) of loans and renewals in the township.
• Compared to Mountain Grove, Parham has been consistently busier over the past four years. In 2021, the branch welcomed 18% more borrowers and saw 42% more loans and renewals, with 60% of opening hours.

“Looking at these numbers, the level of service offered by KFPL is not balanced at Central Frontenac,” said Sutherland Mills. “Although the Sharbot Lake branch is not serving as many customers as it could with increased resources, the Mountain Grove branch is underutilized. In order to serve as many people as possible and to provide equitable service in the township, the library will have to move its hours from one location to another. The total number of hours of service offered at Central Frontenac will not change.

There will be both positive and negative impacts. KFPL wants to minimize negative impacts as much as possible. The Library offers:

1. Reduce hours at Mountain Grove by four hours per week. The branch will continue to provide more hours of service than necessary for its current level of use.
2. Adjust hours at Mountain Grove to align with one school day per week at Land O’Lakes Public School to increase utilization at the branch.
3. Increase hours at Sharbot Lake by four hours per week. The branch will have fewer hours than needed for its current level of use, but access will be improved.
4. Harmonize Saturday hours across the township to provide a range of weekend options.

Community consultation

KFPL is seeking community feedback on this decision, including recommendations to help minimize the impact on the Mountain Grove community. Please join us at one of these Open Houses at Central Frontenac:

Saturday July 23

• 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Parham Branch
• KFPL plans to adjust opening hours.
• 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Mountain Grove branch
• KFPL plans to reduce service hours at the Mountain Grove branch and realign service hours
operation.

Thursday August 11

• 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Sharbot Lake branch
• KFPL plans to increase service hours and realign opening hours.

North and South Frontenac Frontenac and Frontenac Islands

The draft library facilities plan recommends physical improvements at the Cloyne, Storrington, Hartington and Wolfe Island branches, with some suggested updates at other locations.
KFPL is also offering adjustments to the opening hours of Cloyne, Plevna, Storrington, Hartington, Sydenham and Wolfe Island branches. Open houses are planned for North and South Frontenac and the Frontenac Islands:

tuesday july 26

• 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Storrington Branch
friday july 29
• 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Plevna branch
• 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Cloyne branch
Thursday August 4
• 6 to 7 p.m. – Wolfe Island branch
Saturday August 6
• 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Sydenham branch
monday august 8
• 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Hartington branch

Community feedback gathered from these events will be used to finalize the library facilities plan and hours of operation for KFPL branches across the county. Reports on both will be shared with the library board in fall 2022.


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