Public Libraries and Walkable Neighborhoods
2. Materials and Methods
- The library as a resource for stories: Connecting stories and walking
- The library as a community center: Walking programs without stories
- The library as a community partner: Walking through partnerships
- The library as a walkable destination: Improving walking routes to libraries
3.1. The Library as a Resource for Stories: Connecting Stories and Walking
- Heritage walks
- Walking book clubs
3.1.2. Heritage Walks
3.1.3. Walking Book Clubs
3.2. The Library as a Community Center: Walking Programs without Stories
3.3. Participate in Community Partnerships: The Library as a Community Partner
3.4. Improve Walking Routes to Libraries: The Library as a Walkable Destination
Conflicts of Interest
- These questions ask for some background information on your library. What is the zip code, or postal code, of your library’s physical location?
- If you would like to provide it, what is the name of your library?
- Survey Part 1. This survey first asks about programs or services your library has offered in the past or currently offers in the present. At the end of the survey you will be given the opportunity to discuss programs or services your library is planning, but has not yet offered to the public. Has your library ever offered any programs or services that include (select all that apply)? (Note: Responses to Q3 were carried forward for the remainder of the survey).
- (If “other programs or services” selected, then this question appears) What other movement-based programs or services has your library offered?
- Survey Part 2. You are now invited to participate in the second part of this survey. This part of the survey consists of 16 questions that ask about the administration of the programs and services your library offers, or has offered in the past. It should take about 10 min to complete. Would you like to participate in the second part of this survey?
- These questions ask about the timing of programs and services your library offers, or has offered. [Carried forward programs] first offered by your library:
- Since your library started offering these programs and services, how regularly, on average, has your library offered them to the public? [Carried forward programs] offered:
- On which days and times has your library offered the following [Carried forward programs]? (Select all that apply).
- These questions ask about who these programs/services are for, and also who participates in them. For which audiences are these [Carried forward programs] targeted? (Select all that apply).
- How would you characterize participation levels in these programs? [Carried forward programs] participation:
- This question asks about the reasons your library offers these programs. For each of the programs your library offers, please indicate which of the following are reasons for the program. If multiple reasons, please select multiple responses.
- Please discuss other reasons, if any, your library offers these programs.
- These questions ask about how programs and services in your library relate to other spaces and programs in your service area. Please answer to the best of your ability. Where are your library’s programs and services physically located?
- If you have other information about the location of these programs and services, please record it here.
- Who leads or directs these programs and services? (Select all that apply). [Carried forward programs] led by:
- If your library developed these programs and services with partners (e.g., parks departments, public health departments, YMCAs, etc.), please specify who these partners are here.
- These questions ask about the management and administration of these programs and services. Are these programs/services under the supervision of a particular division of your library? If so, which ones? (Select all that apply). [Carried forward programs] supervised by:
- If needed, please discuss here how these programs and services fit within your organizational hierarchy.
- For the following programs and services, are any of the following ever required? (Select all that apply). [Carried forward programs] sometimes or always require participants:
- How are these programs and services funded? (Select all that apply). [Carried forward programs] funded by:
- How have programs been marketed? (Select all that apply). [Carried forward programs] marketed through:
- How have the programs and services been assessed? (Select all that apply). [Carried forward programs] assessed through:
- What other administrative issues or challenges has your library had to address in organizing these programs and services?
- These questions ask about the impacts of these programs and services. Has the media reported on the fact that your library is offering [Carried forward programs]?
- This question asks about how these programs and services engage your community. Have these [Carried forward programs] brought new users into your library?
- Based on feedback and evidence you have collected, have these [Carried forward programs] contributed to any of the following? (Select all that apply).
- If “other impacts” selected, please discuss them here.
- In the future, does your library plan to provide any programs or services that include? (Select all that apply).
- [If “other programs or services” selected than this question appears] What other movement-based programs or services does your library plan to offer in the future?
- Thank you for taking the time to fill out this survey. If you have additional comments about these programs or services, or about this survey, please record them here.
- If you would like to be entered into the raffle for one of the ten (10) $50 gift certificates from Amazon.com, please record your email address here.
Section 1. StoryWalk Articles
Section 2. Heritage Walk Articles
Section 3. Walking Book Clubs
Section 4. Walking Programs without Stories
Section 5. Walking Partnerships
Section 6. The Library as a Walkable Destination
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(n = 1157)
|US Libraries |
(n = 16,568)
|Offer Outdoor Walking Programs|
(n = 482)
|Newspaper/Media Source||Trade Publication||Online Blog||Research-Based Source||Total|
|Walking Book Group||3||4||2||9|
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Lenstra, N.; Carlos, J. Public Libraries and Walkable Neighborhoods. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 1780. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16101780
Lenstra N, Carlos J. Public Libraries and Walkable Neighborhoods. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(10):1780. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16101780Chicago/Turabian Style
Lenstra, Noah, and Jenny Carlos. 2019. "Public Libraries and Walkable Neighborhoods" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 10: 1780. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16101780