cuts: Sept. 2, 2009
levy: Oct. 21, 2009
more: Dec. 23, 2009
election: May 2010
how many hours before?
When Fayette area voters approved a millage for Normal Memorial Library in May 2010, the success of the levy campaign came with a promise of extended hours in the future. That time has finally arrived.
Starting Tuesday, the library will be open an additional seven hours a week. Earlier hours two days a week, later hours on another evening and one more hour of service each Saturday make up the changes.
State budget cuts in 2009 forced the library board to trim operating hours in September of that year. Initially, there were no Saturday hours at all until a school program provided funding for the restoration of some Saturday time.
In May 2010, voters approved a five-year 0.75-mill levy by a three to one margin. Funding did not begin arriving until May of this year.
The levy was the first one ever sought by the library.
Starting Tuesday, the library will be open 38 hours a week which still falls short of the previous 49-hour schedule.
New schedule: Monday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thursday, 1-5 p.m.; Friday, 1-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.