I was just reading Darien Library's blog and saw that they have a survey out for parents about their youth services programming and I thought - what a great idea! Here are some possible questions to ask:
- What programs have you/your child attended in the past few months at the library? (I'd design this as a list from which responders can choose.)
- How old is your child/are your children?
- Are you satisfied with how we divide programs by age? (Create a list of the age-divisions of your particular programming-do you divide toddlers a certain way, school children, tweens/teens?)
- What days/times work best for programs? (This is another place to offer a matrix of choices.) I'd also, if you're willing, ask about after-hours programs. Many libraries have great success with Friday night and Saturday night programs for families.
- Why do you come to the library for programs? (Another spot for a list from which to choose- great way to see what the public sees as your strengths!)
- What do you take away from programming at the library? (Another list from which to choose with options like literacy skills, book suggestions, mere happiness!)
- What types of programs interest you most? (A list of choices here too!)
- Any suggestions, changes or improvements that'd you'd like to see regarding programming? (Perhaps here's a chance for you to test out some of your own new ideas to see if people might be on the same page.)
I'm always a fan of offering a raffle prize for those who fill out the survey - gets more people to participate! And I bet a gas card would go a long way!!