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The Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library board of trustees considers the trial Sunday hours successful.

Even so, the trial is scheduled to end Nov. 25. To make the hours permanent, Director Barbara J. Wheeler wants patrons who support the additional hours to send comments to the circulation desk to be relayed to the Watertown City Council.

For the six Sundays it has been open, the library has averaged nearly 250 patrons, Ms. Wheeler told the board of trustees at its meeting Tuesday.

On the first Sunday, the library had 170 visitors, and for its book sale, more than 400 attended, Ms. Wheeler said.

The trial began Oct. 7 after months of discussion between library staff and the City Council. Ms. Wheeler was initially unsure how popular the trial would be because the summer Saturday hours were disappointing.

“This was the first summer we’ve been open on Saturdays, and it’s been quiet,” she said in August.

On Nov. 11, however, 215 people walked through the door, 198 items were checked out and 38 people used the computers.

Permanent Sunday hours and two part-time staff members will be added to next year’s budget request to the City Council, Trustee Keith B. Caughlin wrote in an email.

Despite the early popularity of Sunday hours, trustees want to ensure the added service is worth the cost.

Comment forms are available at the circulation desk. Comments can also be submitted to watlib@ncls.org.

The library’s regular winter hours are 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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