Sunday Library Hours Restored!

Posted Dec 21st, 2012 by Rhonda Sewell  Category: Arts & Entertainment


Keeping its promise to Lucas County Voters, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Board of Trustees this morning agreed to restore Sunday hours at four Library locations, beginning January 6. Sanger Branch Library, which has been the only location open on Sunday for the past three years, will continue with Sunday hours.

All five locations, which are Main Library, Heatherdowns, Oregon, Sanger and Sylvania, will be open on Sundays, beginning January 6, from 1 to 5 p.m. The restoration of Sunday hours is a direct result of the passage of the 5-year, 2.9 mill Library Operating Levy on the November ballot.

“We made promises during the levy and now it’s time to keep those promises,” said Library Director Clyde Scoles. “I can’t thank Lucas County voters enough for understanding the value we bring to this community. We remain a valuable, educational resource for children, job seekers and those wanting to preserve our local memory.”

Looking back at 2009, the reduction in state library funding, coupled with a drop in property tax valuations, caused a drastic $7.4 million shortfall. These state and local funding cuts had a dramatic effect on the Library system, which welcomed 2.7 million visitors last year. Library hours were slashed 27 percent. Night and weekend hours were dramatically decreased and only one branch (Sanger) remained open on Sundays – a time families seek out library services. Library programs for children were down almost 37 percent, and the number of registered borrowers went down almost 10 percent because we are not open when many need us.

“The state and local funding cuts left our hands tied and deeply impacted our Library system.” Library Director Clyde Scoles said. “It was crucial that we passed the levy and we did. However, state funding, which is about half of our budget, remains uncertain.”

The Library’s administrative team and the Board of Trustees are also working to restore many weekly and Saturday hours. “We will not recover all lost hours but will offer more access to the highest levels of library services,” Scoles said, explaining that all new hours will be in place by March 1.

Board President Dennis Johnson said he looks forward to restoring Library hours. “This is a positive result of the successful passage of Issue 23,” Johnson said. “Sunday is a great day for families to come to the Library together, and the restoration of these hours at the level patrons previously enjoyed is going to have a dramatic impact on this community.”

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