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Hamburg Library hopes to bolster learning for young children

The Hamburg Public Library is looking for parents of young children who will tell it like it is.

It is seeking participants in two focus groups that will suggest ways the library can improve services and help get children ready to read when they enter kindergarten.

"We just want to evaluate our services to children ages birth to 4 to make sure we're really providing the appropriate services," said library staffer Ashley Zengerski.

Parents of children from two-parent households can share ideas from 2 to 3 p.m. March 18 and parents of children from single-parent households will be part of a focus group from 2 to 3 p.m. March 24. Zengerski said the library has noticed that two-parent families and single-parent families have different needs.

"We want to be able to make sure we are meeting the needs of both patron bases," she said.

Comments made during the focus group sessions will remain confidential, and no library personnel will be leading the group, she said. Staff will review the comments generated and will make changes based on them.

"We will take everything that is said in both sessions and really analyze what we're doing and what we think we're doing and see what we can do better," she  said.

The library is running the focus groups as part of the Ready to Read program of the state Education Department which aims "to improve and expand the availability of high quality public library early learning services in local communities," according to the department website.


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