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How often do you utilize your local library?

46.9% -- Never

24.2% -- Weekly

13.7% -- Occasionally

8.3% -- Monthly

6.9% -- Daily

Total responses: 277

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Here are your comments:

Really have missed my weekly trips to the Canton Library, looking forward to resuming them!

5/11/2021 7:51 AM

Sorry, too many online options out there...

5/11/2021 7:26 AM

it is great to have a library in the town of Brasher

5/11/2021 7:10 AM

You can get most everything on-line..not sure how libraries even exist with that competition. But eventually us unvaccinated wont be allowed there. Cuomo in his own words said you cannot make people get vaccinated. It's against the Nuremberg Code section 6 and it violates HIPPA rules by them asking your personal medical information. Look it cannot be forced to take a shot that can kill you. Liberal hypocrites claim "my body" for abortions..yet they think they have the right to tell you what to do with yours. Don't fall for it..stay strong. Lawyers are lining up lawsuits now. A 17 year old boy just died from blood clots. It can happen to your child. That child will never visit a library again.

5/10/2021 7:30 PM

My husband and I both use the library weekly, sometimes 2 or 3 times, especially in the winter.

5/10/2021 6:25 PM

Libraries are notoriously breeding grounds for radical left wing antifa anarchist ideologies. The world would be a much better place without them.

5/10/2021 5:47 PM

I was very disappointed that the Canton Library was closed for so long when other public places were open.

5/10/2021 1:54 PM

I used to go to the Potsdam library, until they claimed I never returned a book. Believe me, I did return it. Now I'm not allowed to check out any books unless I pay for the one I supposedly stole.

5/10/2021 12:14 PM

I used to use the library at least once a week but they stopped buying and KEEPING books of enduring interest and value, and instead devoting resources unduly to computers and ephemeral popular titles. When I saw good books being thrown away, literally in the trash, I stopped supporting the library.

5/10/2021 12:14 PM

The Libraries today are so much more than just books. The DVD collection is second to none. And free. Computer access with all the newest high speed internet service available. Free. Magazine collection from A to Z with all the most popular subjects. Free. Large spaces for lectures and programs Free. The children's room is a brightly colored room with many toys or the little kids and children's computers available for those who wish to play games or research. Again all free. It's very heartwarming to see teens and adults working on projects, researching for homework or just for their enjoyment. Whats not to like at your Public Library. It's free it's yours, use it.

5/10/2021 12:06 PM

Sad that we are going to lose ours in Brasher Falls by the end of this year if something is not done about it. The town had 6 years to figure it out but waited till now and do not seem to have many options.

5/10/2021 11:40 AM

Utilization can include the online services my local library offers as well.

5/10/2021 10:57 AM

We live in a hamlet that has no library. We use the beautiful Canton library when we need to. Libraries are temples of knowledge and learning. They are not retail businesses.

5/10/2021 10:26 AM

I love our public library! What a wonderful service. It has saved me so much money by being able to read so many books without buying them.

5/10/2021 9:39 AM

At least once a month, sometimes more.

5/10/2021 9:39 AM

Obsolete with todays Technology

5/10/2021 9:14 AM

Libraries are the heart and soul of a community. They are especially important to the young and the elderly.

5/10/2021 6:47 AM

Here is the new comparison to a online footprint vs a brick and mortar store. Much of what the local library does can be achieved somewhere else without the cost of maintaining a building , paying people and benefits. The larger library systems also seem to be paying salaries comparable to a school system and it's just becoming to much in the terrible North Country economy.

5/10/2021 6:26 AM

Libraries are a thing of the past.

5/10/2021 6:22 AM

Love my. Library

5/9/2021 11:21 PM

Our historical library has been standing for many years over many administrations and still there so what does that symbol convey?? City Council might just want to pick their battles better as the building stood many storms to earn the historical label . City politicians.... please stick with your renovations of parking lots , " paper streets etcs and use your power panel and divert your attention to constructive projects .... hint : ( theaters) we have one you know ... Now wouldn't that go down as a constructive project that will be remembered ??? The library project is bigger than You so put your sights in something that won't come back and bite you in the ..."well you know " .

5/9/2021 9:08 PM

Not nearly as often as I should.

5/9/2021 8:55 PM

Why would you with all the information on your cell phone ! They were great at one time ,but like the school systems now they are bleeding the tax payers dry. History is being erased ,so why would you need a library ? Cut the fat. Too many teachers and assistants, buses and drivers, and vehicles in another parking lot at schools we don’t need. Empty buses so get rid of buses and extra teachers ! We have done it before with a lot lot lot less !!!!!

5/9/2021 10:58 AM

One thing you will never find in a library is a trump supporter as they can’t read. SMH

5/9/2021 9:25 AM

So many great services & people.

5/9/2021 8:13 AM

(re)reading books I have at home I miss looking through the shelves - eagerly waiting for Potsdam to re-open. I don't visit other libraries as often as I should

5/9/2021 7:23 AM

Outdated institutions

5/9/2021 6:41 AM

I haven't been there at all since the pandemic, but went once or twice a month before. I will resume going once the pandemic limitations are lifted

5/8/2021 9:00 PM

I love my local library!

5/8/2021 5:10 PM

I have an " All Lives Matter" bumper sticker on my car and I'm afraid members of black lives matter will vandalize my car while I'm in the library.

5/8/2021 4:16 PM

If you count ebooks and apps, I use the library daily. They provide so much access to essential materials that I couldn't afford otherwise. Our libraries are so incredibly valuable.

5/8/2021 3:35 PM

Doesn't serve any real needs anymore.

5/8/2021 10:41 AM

would utilize it more if it was open -Morristown library is still walk-up window--which is opened a crack to give you your book and unbelievable you still have to wear a mask outside or you won't be served !!! It is time to open the doors like every other business esp one that is tax payer supported

5/8/2021 10:24 AM

Can"t because I work to much and when I'm off I'm running errands.

5/8/2021 9:07 AM

I use the on-line service.

5/8/2021 7:46 AM

When the kids were younger we frequented it a lot and now the grandkids enjoy it especially the little events they have going would be a shame in my opinion to close any library.i say ban cell phones and keep libraries. Lol

5/8/2021 7:40 AM

So glad it is open again

5/8/2021 5:49 AM

I have greatly missed the Potsdam Library while it has been closed for renovation. I look forward to it reopening soon.

5/7/2021 10:16 PM

Massena Public Library director accused taxpaying citizens of taking advantage of the library's goods and services because we didn't want a tax increase to support their unusually high budget. It's called a budget for a reason and expecting more money during a pandemic is absurdly selfish especially with so many people out of work. So no thank you on my local library!

5/7/2021 4:00 PM

Not at all in the last year, since they closed up but not in years before....the internet takes care of me and Kindle arranges my books. Save a tree

5/7/2021 2:59 PM


5/7/2021 2:33 PM

Libraries are community centers of any city, town or village.

5/7/2021 2:23 PM

I read library books daily! One of the best bargains for my tax dollars.

5/7/2021 1:15 PM

I always have a number of books from the library that I am reading or going to read soon. Love inter-library loans! Curb side has worked well too

5/7/2021 1:09 PM

I wish I could go more often but life gets in the way

5/7/2021 1:07 PM

Our family saves hundreds of dollars by using the local library.

5/7/2021 12:53 PM

I use the library for books, copying, computer and internet as well as the librarians knowledge.

5/7/2021 11:57 AM

I never use the library. Never have. While there was a time that they were important for preserving our cultural history, I think the need has come to pass somewhat with internet, computers, and electronic storage etc. And how much are they being utilized? We have to pay an additional tax in our local taxes to keep them operating. Perhaps a library in every town isn’t needed. I suggest a central county library would satisfy the need of a physical library.

5/7/2021 10:09 AM

Who needs a library in the days of internet?

5/7/2021 9:37 AM

I use my local library card to check out audio books using the Libby app. It is amazing.

5/7/2021 9:17 AM

The Badenhausen Library in Brasher is a gem. Unfortunately, it may be closing if the Town Board doesn't take action to save it.

5/7/2021 7:20 AM

Libraries are a community’s most valuable resources.

5/6/2021 8:02 PM

I use all the services as I have the need. When they don’t have the book or DVD that i am looking for, they get it in from one of the other libraries in the north country. We are lucky to have a nice library. Not all towns are lucky enough or can’t afford them.

5/6/2021 6:01 PM

I would use it more but I work midnights.

5/6/2021 2:47 PM

For books and DVDs for my kids. Also pre covid, I used the internet options at the Massena library for job searching.

5/6/2021 1:02 PM

waste of tax payers money. should open a weed shop up for people there. go to court and get your pot in the same trip. Have to conserve gas now seen that went up .

5/6/2021 12:29 PM

Live out of town but know libraries are vital for every community and don’t understand that people are eager to support money for sports but not for books

5/6/2021 11:20 AM

No I work for a living

5/6/2021 8:37 AM

once a year the cost of a library is prohibitive

5/6/2021 7:36 AM

It's open while I work and closed when I'm off. Further punishment for being an overworked American I guess? Shame because in my younger days I lived there.

5/6/2021 6:22 AM

An outstanding resource to enhance one's life!

5/6/2021 5:43 AM

There are very few government programs that are as vital and useful as a public library. It should be the last thing that we cut, not the first.

5/5/2021 10:08 PM

I borrow electronic books through the local library system. Before the pandemic, I went inside about 6 times a year for events or books.

5/5/2021 5:54 PM

Can find out anything i want to know or research on my phone

5/5/2021 3:16 PM

I just keep paying $103 in my taxes for using a library I don't even know where it is.

5/5/2021 3:00 PM

The libraries are a drain on taxpayers. No need for face painting, snacks, movies, games. That stuff is for home. Keep it real and look the word library and see the meaning.

5/5/2021 11:14 AM

close it down

5/5/2021 10:24 AM

With the advent of the computer, the libraries have become virtually unneeded. Books and reference material are available on the net for free and if you have a computer or cell phone, anything that you need is available. Public libraries are expensive to operate. It would make more sense to be able to use the school libraries and save the added cost to the taxpayers.

5/5/2021 10:07 AM

Not needed any more. Spend the money on something else.Google etc. is all you need.

5/5/2021 9:55 AM

The library saves me thousands every year and was my only source of internet for a long time.

5/5/2021 9:50 AM

Our library used to be quiet. It was one of the few quiet places left to read, or do work. No more. It's a community center. We already have a community center. Although I love our library, I don't love our library as a main hub bub of activity, noise, and the like. So no, I don't go anymore. And I am not alone with this thinking.

5/5/2021 8:50 AM

Can do it all online

5/5/2021 8:25 AM

I used to use three different libraries quite frequently, especially in the summer months. But since the China virus was sent to us, and the phoney face diaper edict, I have not been back.

5/5/2021 8:24 AM

Could not do without it!

5/5/2021 8:09 AM

I read a couple books a week from the library, and I take online music courses through the library. I also hope to take some foreign language courses too. Like-long learning is important and without the library it would be much harder. Plus my grandkids enjoy some of the reading hours, etc.

5/5/2021 8:08 AM

The library is a great resource for small communities.

5/5/2021 7:42 AM

Love a library. In Massena they are the best people and so caring.

5/5/2021 7:39 AM

Occasionally but have constant access to NCLS’s online books & audiobooks.

5/5/2021 6:50 AM

Those who want to use their libraries should pay for them. The other 99.9% of us don't need to be saddled with the costs.

5/5/2021 6:40 AM

There is NO reason for Ogdensburg library to employ 12 people! It's not that big of a library, it should do more fundfraisers. As a TAXPAYER who finally got a break on MY taxes, now the OVER EMPLOYED library wants to help them self to my 10% tax break plus more due to the fact it does no fundraisers, no layoffs. This library doesn't need 12 employees, by no means! The last time I was there I waited over 20 minutes for one of the 12 employees to wait on me, and the employee did not know what I really needed. Then I had to wait an other 15 minutes for other one of the 11 employees to help me. When I did find what I wanted, I copied it. I was charged $ 2.00 for the copy. Thank goodness I only got 1 copy. I get better service at Lisbon Library, I was not treated very well at the Ogdensburg library, the employees where rude, didn't know what what I was looking for. It was my first and last trip to that library. I now go to the Lisbon Library. I have donated many books to that library! That Library knows how to treat people! I will be voting NO to library getting any money, LAY OFF EMPLOYEES!!

5/5/2021 6:26 AM

I read 3 books a week. New best sellers and history books. I read on my Kindle.

5/5/2021 3:20 AM

have internet library not needed waste of money sorry to say

5/4/2021 9:48 PM

When my computer goes down or I need to print out something.

5/4/2021 5:37 PM

Library are a thing of past better to close them all down and get WiFi hotspots Libraries are a drain on tax payers for so few that use them

5/4/2021 4:45 PM

bi-monthly nice place to relax with a book. the guys at the desk can be a bit to loud though. What happened to too the wisper rule in librarys??

5/4/2021 3:13 PM

Back in the day I was a regular library user but now find everything online which is too bad for the Library but the world changes. The last time I did stop in I found the books all condensed to make way for shelves of DVD movies!? Like Blockbuster. Not my idea of what a library should be offering. It was wonderful in its' day but I feel that day has passed. Perhaps the building could be used for something more timely for Massena. It would make a nice Town Hall and Post Office!

5/4/2021 2:34 PM

Their ebook and audbiobook service has been a lifesaver during the pandemic lockdown.

5/4/2021 1:34 PM

I am there getting books about every week after reserving them online. I read 2-3 a week.

5/4/2021 1:07 PM

Currently never, since Potsdam's has been closed for over a year.

5/4/2021 12:48 PM

I used to utilize the Potsdam Library fairly often, but they have been closed for a year and haven't even offered curbside service for book pickup. And, its taxpayer funded. Where did the $700,000 budget go when it hasn't offered anything to the public for a year?

5/4/2021 12:33 PM

Just another way to bleed the taxpayer; do away with them.

5/4/2021 12:10 PM

I use our local library constantly. Thank GOD i don't live in the County cesspool AKA Ogdensburg where those illiterate thugs are trying to get rid of the only thing there worth visiting.

5/4/2021 11:47 AM

62 never used it and will not miss it at all

5/4/2021 11:36 AM

Served us well during height of pandemic. Glad they are reopening in Canton.

5/4/2021 11:05 AM

I love our Library! Our Librarian is the best here in Colton!

5/4/2021 11:02 AM

More often before COVID. I utilize the children's programs for my grandchild, as I did for my children when they were young. Curbside crafts have been nice to have during the pandemic.

5/4/2021 11:01 AM

I would go to daily once Potsdam is open again.

5/4/2021 10:29 AM

While they once served a great function their services are no longer needed.

5/4/2021 9:59 AM