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The Mc­Don­ald County Li­brary in Pineville is now open on Fri­day morn­ings as a way to bet­ter serve pa­trons.

Li­brary di­rec­tor Amy Wal­lain said new hours are now ef­fec­tive. The li­brary has ex­tended hours on Fri­day morn­ings, now open­ing at 9 a.m.

“We were able to find room in the bud­get,” Wal­lain said. “We’re ex­cited to be able to add those hours.”

The change was prompted as the li­brary board and Wal­lain ex­plored ad­di­tional ways to serve the com­mu­nity.

In past years, when bud­get cuts were made, Fri­day morn­ing hours of op­er­a­tion were elim­i­nated. The li­brary opened at 1 p.m. on Fri­days.

Wal­lain, how­ever, still came in at 9 to work be­hind the scenes. As she worked in the quiet build­ing, li­brary pa­trons would come to the door, think­ing it might be open.

The dis­ap­point­ing looks on their faces, when re­al­iz­ing the li­brary doors were locked, prompted Wal­lain and the board to see if funds could be found in the bud­get to pay for morn­ing hours of op­er­a­tion.

Li­brary hours are now 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Satur­day.

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