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2/28/2014 6:00:00 AM
Does Kingman need to add to its library?
The Kingman branch of the Mohave County Library, photographed on Thursday afternoon. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)
The Kingman branch of the Mohave County Library, photographed on Thursday afternoon. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)
By Eve Hanna
Miner reporter

KINGMAN - Four people showed up Wednesday at a meeting to discuss whether Kingman's library is adequate for the community's needs, but hope remains that more people will weigh in before the survey effort is finished.

According to library director Kathy Pennell, the existing facility, built in 1991, may have outgrown its usefulness.

"A building of this age is always going to have problems," she said. "Some areas are without power outlets, which limits how those areas can be used and, although the columns and rafters are beautiful, they obstruct having a clear view throughout the building."

In addition to the public meeting, the library district has reached out for additional input from a wider segment of the community by conducting a series of focus groups designed to reach teens, parents with children, seniors and educators, according to Pennell.

"We're asking groups to identify and prioritize what people want. Then we will report what we've heard from people in the community," she said.

"The survey is also on our website, so people can go there to let us know how the library can best meet their needs."

Suggestions from the audience included: adding a separate room for more computers, adding a quiet place to read and study, an acoustically insulated kids section, resurfacing the parking lot, building a downtown branch and extending the hours the library is open.

After evaluating the results of the needs assessment, the next step in the process is to get an "architect's report for recommendations, probably for a remodel or expansion," said Pennell.

The supervisors decided to save money by initiating a staff driven needs assessment in Kingman after paying a professional firm nearly $60,000 for an assessment of the Bullhead City library.

According to supervisor Hildy Angius, Bullhead City residents are unhappy with their remodeled library and she wants the people who use the library to have a say in what they want in a new one.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014
Article comment by: We Demand Accountability

Why doesn't our local government hold the contractors responsible for shotty work?

The tourism group complains about the Powerhouse roof leaking - heck it apparently leaked from the minute the building was done. Why wasn't the contractor called in to fix it?

Oh, someone brought up the golf course. Yea, we know it's the city's. City of Kingman, SELL IT.

And yea, who is responsible for maintenance of a 23 year old building? This is the problem. BOS select their friends to do a project and nepotism runs rampant at the county so well, you take it from there.

Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014
Article comment by: biker randy

I agree with KR on improper use of the Mohave County library. I have never seen a public library used like the 1 here before and I've lived all over the West. People TALKING with no concern about how it effects others trying to read/think. There are plenty of computers available already. Maybe what this County needs is a library? gymnasium for all the inconsiderate noisy citizens that use it. I rarely use our library because of the way it's used by citizens now. What happened to discipline in a library?

Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014
Article comment by: Mary Thompson

Didn't the county spend $94,800 for repairs to the library last year? I guess that wasn't enough money to take care of any of these complaints.

"A building of this age is always going to have problems," Kathy Pennell said. "Some areas are without power outlets, which limits how those areas can be used and, although the columns and rafters are beautiful, they obstruct having a clear view throughout the building."

Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014
Article comment by: Re: Just j and Oh Ya

The Kingman Library is a COUNTY building, as is the BHC Mohave County Library! The Golf Course and SHR are the CITY's problems. As evidenced by the husband and wife team of the Watson's that run or at least have influence on BOTH the City Council (Janet Watson, Interim Mayor) and the Board of Supervisors (Gary Watson) decisions. See the problem?
They are two separate entities, but the Watson's both have influence on each entity.
Let's say the County BOS want to do anything within the City Of Kingman, they would need the ok from the City Council.
Say the County BOS wants to develop a major revenue source outside the City of Kingman limits, such as a mall or major shopping center to include a business district?
THAT may take away some of the congestion from SHR AND some major bucks from the City coffers. BHC has no such conflict, so they grow.
Wonder why they are so successful in bringing in shopping and dining within their City limits. It’s NOT the long rumored, Kingman isn’t big enough BS we have been fed for years either.
We have plenty of people who are willing to drive elsewhere for all types of services and these businesses know it, they track such things.
So, why is the COK so unsuccessful in bringing in business?
Because the 'good ole boys' don't want the competition?

Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014
Article comment by: Stop Spending Money

Fix the outlets. Bring back the computers. Fix the rook leaks. Now hold the contractors accountable for their work especially the roof leaks. And whom ever decides to change the floor plan please ask for help. Your latest design is questionable. May be its because of the outlet issue. I could fix those in one day. OMG

PS where in the hell are your maintenance personal? This is not rocket science.

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014
Article comment by: Kingman Resident

For those newbies to Kingman...our library was located in the Little Red School House downtown before the county decided to build the current facility. We have a wonderful staff and selection of books, magazines, etc available to the library patrons. What bothers me the most is the public usage of the computers. This is my opinion...this is not a game room. I see individuals who spend hours of just playing games. Do you people have jobs? I see young people dropped off by parents for the day. This is not a babysitting service folks. So if you ask me I would say no...we don't need more room if our library was being used for these purposes. Our library is to be a place of educating ones self

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014
Article comment by: Midwest Momma

I am not surprised only 4 people showed up to discuss what they wanted to do with the library. To all of the people that had rude comments and complained about the noise, the staff, and the other patrons: You had a forum to express your needs. YOU DID NOT SHOW UP. That seems to be what Mohave County is all about. Complain about their right to quiet, yada yada, and then cannot actually show their faces and discuss what they want rationally. The WANT to be nasty and hide behind their computer screen while they make snide remarks about the people that are there to help them. Do us all a favor, keep staying home. It makes for a nicer library experience for the rest of us.

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014
Article comment by: Midwest Momma

This is a good article! It focuses on what may be needed for a library refit or a new library. I agree with more spaces for group meetings and places to read or study quietly. Now to get the "my tax dollars" crowd to see the need to update a place where they get access to books, dvds, and other materials help with research, and internet access-all for FREE. Mohave County does not charge much for taxes, yet people here yell and scream about parting with one thin dime. These same people complain about the services they DO get. Case in point, residents complaining about the library remodels they got so recently. Never have i lived anywhere in my life that has so pointedly reminded me that some people are NEVER happy. Smile and think about all the good things you DO have, and remember nothing is really free.

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014
Article comment by: Faulty Survey

The survey forces a response even for questions that do not apply to one who never uses the library. Even responding to "Other" for those questions do not apply to non-users. They don't seem to want the input from such as us. They seem determined to spend more money on facilities just like every other county branch.

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014
Article comment by: just J

Has ANYONE seen how gorgeous the Mohave County Library in Bullhead City is? It is located on Hancock road. Why is it Bullhead has all these modern County Buildings yet Kingman is still OLD? Come on peeps pick up the program! Maybe who people up here need to get with those in BHC and learn how to beautify and grow a city? Just a thought. And NO I am not a newby to the area, I have been in Mohave County over 30 years.

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014
Article comment by: Oh Ya

Sure! Wouldn't it be wise to pay the bills we have already first or maybe resolve the SH safety issue? How about unloading the Golf Course so we can get some other items paid off and then look into "building" a new library.

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014
Article comment by: john g


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