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Libraries Survey
Section 1
First, please provide some demographic information that will help us sort the results of this survey.
What is your age?
How would you describe the area where you live?
Is there a library near you?
How often do you go to the library?
If you're in school, how often do you visit your school library?
What do you use the library for? (Check all that apply)
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Are you more likely to read a book at the library or check it out to take home?
Are there Teen/Youth/Young Adult and Children's sections at your area library?
What size is the Teen/Youth/Young Adult section at your area library?
What size is the Children's section at your area library?
I read mostly:
I'd like to read more of:
Section 2
Please answer based on your opinions and personal experiences.
It is important for books to represent many diverse types of people.
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
I like reading about characters who are different from me/come from different backgrounds than I do.
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
I like reading about characters who are similar to me or who come from backgrounds similar to my own.
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
I can usually find a book in the library with a character similar to me.
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
I have trouble finding books with characters similar to myself.
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
It is important for teens and kids to read books about people who are different.
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
Exposure to diversity in fiction helps prevent bullying in real life.
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
Have you ever...
...learned something new about a type of group or person different from you from reading a book?
...changed your opinion positively of a type of group or person because of something you read in a book?
...changed your opinion negatively of a type of group or person because of something you read in a book?
Short Answer
Please rate and explain your answer in a few sentences.
Rank in order from 1 to 8, with 1 being the MOST interested and 8 being the LEAST interested, which of these groups, qualities, or types of diversity you’d be most interested in reading about. (Please assign each subject a different number. You may not use duplicate ranks or rank them all the same. The short answer section following gives you the opportunity to explain your selection.)
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2
3
4
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7
8
Different races and ethnicities
Books in translation or by international authors
Socioeconomic diversity
Different types of families or family structures
Physical and/or mental disability/illness
LGBTQIA+
Different religions and beliefs (includes atheism)
Variations in body type
Looking at your #1—your most interested option—please explain why you would be most interested in a book which included that type of diversity.
Looking at your #8—your least interested option—please explain why you would be least interested in a book which included that type of diversity.
Looking at our list, is there anything you might like to see that we missed?
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