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Sunday hours door count is more than library director anticipated


The Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library held Sunday hours for the first time last weekend, and it was a success.

Approximately 170 people walked through the library’s door that day, and checked out 230 items.

“A lot of people made a point of telling us they were here and supporting us,” said Library Director Barbara J. Wheeler at Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting.

She said the number was lower than the average weekday, but she was still impressed with it.

“I was surprised and pleased,” Ms. Wheeler said. “I’m hoping that number will continue to grow.”

Other trustees were just as pleased.

“I thought it would have been quieter because of the long weekend with Columbus Day,” said trustee Carolyn D. Weldon.

The two-month trial will end Nov. 25. Ms. Wheeler said she does not know how long it would take to make the new schedule permanent, if the decision is made to do so.

Board President Constance A. Holberg said Mrs. Wheeler will have the opportunity to report door count and circulation numbers to the City Council. “I think this whole project is contingent on hiring more people,” Mrs. Holberg said.

Two temporary clerks were hired to work Sundays, because the library and city were unable to persuade the city employees union to allow existing librarians to work the extra day.

Ms. Wheeler said a librarian already had to fill in for one of the clerks due to a death in the family.

In the past, Mrs. Wheeler said she was disappointed with Saturday hours over the summer because of the lack of publicity about them.

However, last Saturday was a different story: the eighth annual Appleumpkin Fall Festival attracted a record-breaking 550 visitors, which is 100 more than last year.

The library’s winter hours, which started Sept. 4, are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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