Manchester Voters: Test Your Library Knowledge

The facts about libraries and the Mary Cheney expansion may surprise you. Take this test to see what you know.

Be informed when you go to the polls on November 6. The referendum to expand Mary Cheney Library is on the ballot. Take this True or False Test to see how much you know about how libraries have changed and about the Mary Cheney Library expansion. Then, you decide where you stand. I’m supporting the expansion.

1. Close to 70% of America’s public libraries now say their staff help patrons complete job applications online, and the same number offer help with résumés.

2. Mary Cheney Library has over 1,000 visitors each day. It has the fourth largest circulation in the state.

3. Manchester has over 1,000 acres of parkland. The library expansion will take up only an .08 of an acre.  That is only 8/100’s of an acre.

4. In Connecticut, as in the rest of the country, books still make up the vast majority of library collections — 14.2 million books to 927,000 movies — but movies have a much higher circulation rate.

5. The Cheney family deeded the northern section of the Park for municipal buildings.

6. The Manchester Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business group are in favor of the library expansion in Center Memorial Park.

7. E Books represent only 1% of library circulation. Public libraries in the United States lend an average 2.1 million videos every day, slightly more than the 2 million that Netflix ships.

8. Over the past few years, hard-hit Americans have been economising by cancelling their broadband contracts at home and looking to public libraries to fill the gap.

9. National per person visitation and circulation in libraries have both increased solidly over the past decade, a trend that would not necessarily have been predicted given the rise of the Internet and the increased presence of large booksellers over the same period.

10. The bond for the expansion of the Mary Cheney Library will cost the average taxpayer $32 per year.

Answers: All of the above statements are true. Now, see how much you just learned about libraries!

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Nutmegger October 16, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Also, you really think that 4th vs. 6th is a huge deal? We have 169 towns in the state. The point is that it's an incredibly busy system. Don't miss the forest for the trees.
Manchester Review Blog, Host: Jack Peak October 17, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Leslie Re-read the article. It says Manchester has 1000 acres of parkland, not Center Park. I notice the old "save the park" slogan just doesn't work anymore now that people realize the expansion only takes up a net .08 acres of that 1000 acres of parkland in Town. Now the argument is "park where," the economy, the evil of DVD's, the homeless, whatever the opposition can dream up. Accept it- libraries change as does all else. E books, computers, Internet access and DVD's are a big part of library functions across the country. It's unlikely we'll ever go back to the quiet reading room, books only institution that you yearn for. Next you'll be wanting to hire monks to transcribe books in the basement! They won't need much room and it will cut down the circulation dramatically. As for parking, don't forget, we'll still have all the spaces in front of the library and on Main Street. They seemed to have served the 1000 daily visitors adequately. Resumes? It IS a big deal for people who need the help. There are many people in this economy who cannot afford the Internet at home who use the library for job searches and resumes. You would deny them the opportunity in order to save .08 acres of green space?
Manchester Review Blog, Host: Jack Peak October 17, 2012 at 12:34 AM
As for the war memorials, I believe the plan is to leave them where they are.
Nutmegger October 17, 2012 at 12:36 AM
What bothers me the most about the parking argument is that it basically boils down to, "No, don't make the library that much better -- then more people will want to drive there!"
leslie frey October 17, 2012 at 02:45 AM
You continue to twist the facts. All the points I mentioned are valid.


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