I stopped by the library last Thursday morning and discovered that it was closed. I checked for the hours on the door and found a sign with the following information:
2010 Hours Open
Mon. Noon - 8 p.m.
Tue. Noon - 8 p.m.
Wed. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thu. Noon - 8 p.m.
Fri. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.*
*Sept. thru May
Fortunately, I had arrived a few seconds before opening time and was soon let in by Ann Cooper who was opening the back door. I was quite shocked that the library was just opening up at noon. If you peruse the above schedule, you will see that is the case for every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. This is true for all GCPL branches.
The Yellow Springs Library Association Board of Trustees, of which I am a member, meets every two months, so this caught me totally by surprise. I don't remember hearing about it at our last meeting. We meet again this Wednesday. I hope to learn more about this situation then.
This announcement was in the latest (October) edition of Ex Libris:
LIBRARY TO REDUCE OPERATING HOURS JANUARY 1
Due to the reduction in State funding, the Greene County Public Library Board of Trustees voted to reduce operating hours of the Library system beginning January 1, 2010.
"The Board is making these changes in order to keep the Library open to serve the public into the year 2013,” said Director Karl Colón.
The Library has relied heavily on State funding over the years, but because the economy has been in such a drastic downturn, the Library’s primary funding source is now the local 1 mil levy. That levy is up for renewal and is Issue 7 on the November 3 ballot. “We are not asking for more money from our community because we realize these are tough times,” said Colón. “We are asking voters to renew our levy at 2005 levels. With the changes in hours and the passage of our renewal levy, we are pretty sure we will be able to keep our doors open into the year 2013 unless our State funding has another dramatic fall. This is mostly due to our Board’s diligent stewardship of public money over the years.”
The announcement was followed by the same schedule published above.
My apologies. I apparently let this one get by me twice.