Li­brary to be closed on Mon­days

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op­er­a­tion,” Heid said. “Dis­tribut­ing four hours among the other days of the week we will still be able to re­al­ize a sav­ings in util­ity costs. The new stream­line sched­ule will only re­duce the num­ber of hours we are open to the pub­lic from 48 hours per week to 44 hours per week.”

The re­duc­tion in funds from the county and the state will also have an im­pact on the hours of op­er­a­tion at the New­born Ser­vice Out­let. As of July 1, the li­brary in New­born will be open each Wed­nes­day from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and each Thurs­day from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“De­clin­ing use on Wed­nes­day morn­ings and the re­duc­tion of li­brary staff gave us no choice but to re­duce the Ser­vice Out­let’s hours on Wed­nes­day,” Heid said.

The Newton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers re­cently ap­proved a bud­get of $300,000 to open the Porter Me­mo­rial Branch Li­brary from Jan­uary 2011 through June 2011 on a limited ba­sis.

“This is a very small and fru­gal bud­get that can only be used to op­er­ate the fu­ture branch li­brary,” Heid said. “How­ever, it will al­low us to open the new li­brary, at least four days a week, to the pub­lic.”

Both staff and the Li­brary Board of Trustees hope that, once the econ­omy im­proves and the BOC in­creases the li­brary bud­get, the orig­i­nal hours of op­er­a­tion can be re­stored to both the Cov­ing­ton Branch Li­brary and New­born Li­brary Ser­vice Out­let. The Li­brary Board of Trustees also hope that an im­proved econ­omy will al­low them to ex­pand the Porter Me­mo­rial Branch Li­brary hours of op­er­a­tion to a full week.

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