Library seeks to improve service

TREMONT –— The trustees of the Bass Harbor Memorial Library recently got some valuable advice from a Maine State Library consultant.

That advice, from Valerie Osborne, was, “Don’t assume that those of you around this table know what the community wants.”

In other words, said trustee Carey Donovan, “How can we better serve the community?”

Donovan and the other trustees took Osborne’s advice to heart and set out to find some answers. They are circulating a survey, which they hope provides direction as the library considers its future.

The Bass Harbor Memorial Library is somewhat unique. With a budget of about $40,000, the library can only stay open and staffed for about 20 hours each week, Donovan said.

The baker’s dozen of questions on the survey are designed to determine which days and times are best for use of the library and preferences in materials, services and programs. The surveys are available online at and at the library and town office. In addition, library trustees plan to distribute surveys Tuesday at the annual open town meeting. Surveys already have gone out with the Tremont Consolidated School’s weekly newsletter.

Donovan said she expects the trustees to begin compiling the results at the end of June.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander