Library to be closed on Mondays
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.