Library patrons, rejoice
The Alexandria library will soon be open for nine additional hours every week, thanks, in part, to a new library budget that was approved at counties council last week.
“Alexandria is our busiest branch in terms of people coming through the door,” says Karen Franklin, Director of Library Services. “People are always waiting at the door to get in and they’re sad when they have to leave. It also enjoys some of the highest circulation of all our branches.”
The Alexandria and Morrisburg branches should both see additional hours in the springtime.
The change was made possible after council agreed to pay slightly more than $2 million to main- tain the library system. Part of that agreement included almost $28,000 in additional part-time wages and benefits, which will make the extra hours possible. The new funding is similar to that of 2015. The library board had asked for $580,800 for its part-time envelope but wound up paying more than $606,000 instead.
Ms. Franklin says that’s because library staff were required to undergo first aid training, which wound up costing a lot more money than expected.
Counties council was also given the option of spending an additional $100,000 to enhance delivery to underserved areas, extend the “pop-up library” initiative and/or replace shelving in various branches. It declined to do so. The budget is expected to be ratified in March.