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Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library will begin a trial run this weekend for long-awaited Sunday hours, making the library a seven-days-a-week service.

Library officials have been trying to put together Sunday hours for months after the Watertown City Council instructed them to come up with a plan during last year’s budget session.

The city-owned library will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays during the two-month trial run that will end Nov. 25. Council members then will evaluate how it worked out to see whether the Sunday hours should continue permanently.

“I’m going to be very curious to see how many people use the library on Sundays,” said library Director Barbara J. Wheeler, who is volunteering as the librarian on duty those Sundays.

The library has been trying to promote the new hours to the public, she said.

Two temporary library clerks — Robin Booth and Romona Brennan — have been hired to work Sundays. They both have library experience, Mrs. Wheeler said. It will cost the library $140 in wages for the two clerks each Sunday, not including the cost of heat and electricity to open for the additional hours.

On Monday, the two new clerks began training for the positions and learning about such things as the library’s circulation, catalog and reference desk systems, Mrs. Wheeler said.

The clerks were chosen from 10 applications that the library received.

The library had to hire additional staff because the city and library administrators were unable to persuade the city employees’ union to allow the full-time employees to work there on Sundays.

As a part of the City Council’s extension plan, the library added Wednesday night hours and was open on Saturdays this summer.

The library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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