Fayette library trims hours 9.2.09

Written by David Green.

State budget cuts are forcing Fayette’s Normal Memorial Library to join dozens of others throughout Ohio in cutting back on hours.

The new reduced schedule will take effect Sept. 14.

“Since we only receive funds from the state, and with these funds being drastically reduced by possibly as much as 30 percent, we have no choice but to cut our costs by reducing our library hours,” said library director Sally Canfield.

Thirteen hours will be cut from the existing summer schedule, but compared to the usual 49 hours in winter, the library will be about 20 hours less.

There will be no more 9 a.m. openings and Saturday hours will be eliminated completely. The reductions will remain in effect through the end of the year, Canfield said, and then finances will be reëvaluated for the next calendar year budget.

If there’s any good news to changes, it’s that state funding wasn’t cut as deeply as first proposed. Compromises were made in Columbus to reduce the cuts somewhere in the vicinity of 30 to 35 percent, Canfield said.

At this time, employee hours are being cut back along with the hours of operation, but no staff member is being laid off and existing programs will continue.

“We will keep our library patrons informed as best we can of any other changes that may have to be made,” Canfield said.  “It is our goal to continue to provide materials, services and programs to our library patrons as best we can with our limited resources.”

New hours

Starting Sept. 14

Monday, 11 to 8

Tuesday, 1 to 6

Wednesday, 1-5

Thursday, 1-6

Friday, 11-5

Closed Saturday and Sunday

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