Katie Pauls

The new year will be here before we know it, and what better time to make changes? We’ve got some exciting ones coming in 2019. 

Starting Jan. 2, we will be changing our hours. Don’t worry, we will be open the same number of hours each week. The times will just shift slightly. The reason for this shift is to allow us to better serve the community.

I heard a lot of great suggestions in my first few weeks as director. I heard one in particular multiple times in my first few weeks: open earlier! 

After hearing this, I asked the staff to track our door count in two-hour increments, rather than one number for the whole day, so I could see where our busiest times fell. After gathering data for a few months, I found that weekday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon are our busiest times, and the numbers decrease as the day goes on. Saturdays were also most busy in the mornings with visits dropping off in the afternoon.

Given the suggestions I received and the data we collected, I’m shifting hours around in our schedule in the following way. Beginning January 2019, you can visit us:

Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

One of the great things about this is consistency. This is something our current schedule lacks. We’ll be opening at 9 a.m. every day (except Sunday) and Monday through Thursday we will open and close at the same time.

To ring in the new year and the new schedule, we’re also doing something that will benefit many of those who use, or used to use, our library. 

From Jan. 2 until Jan. 12, we will have a one-time-only amnesty week. This will take us from our first day of the new year through the first full week of 2019. 

During this time, patrons can return any overdue items and have their fines waived. Patrons with balances currently outstanding on their accounts for late fees, not lost items, can come in and have those fines waived if they know their library number or provide an ID with their name on it. 

I’ve had multiple conversations with people who don’t check things out at the library or even come in because they have fines. We want you back! The spirit of the library is to promote literacy, education, and community, and that is hard to do when there are barriers such as fines keeping people away.

We hope this amnesty week will not only bring back some of our lost materials, but some of our patrons who haven’t visited us recently. I’d like to see lots of old and new faces in the library in 2019. Happy holidays and I hope we see you soon!