by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVEâ€”When the new Sugar Grove Library opens later this summer, library patrons will have fewer hours to utilize the new building, but Library Director Beverly Holmes Hughes said the new schedule should address several issues identified in the library’s recent community survey.
Hughes said the schedule offers a consistency of hours, 12 evening hours, and recognizes user patterns and patron preferences for future visits.
Library District residents approved a referendum in 2004 to issue bonds for a new building, but have since rejected nine referendums to increase operating funds with which to run the new building.
When the operating expenses referendum did not pass again in November 2006, library hours were cut from 58 to 47 hours per week. The library is currently closed Monday mornings, Wednesday evenings and Friday afternoons. The proposed schedule is a further reduction to the library’s hours, down to 44 from the current 47.
Prior to the April 7 referendum, Hughes said that if it did not pass, the same dollars available to operate the current 6,000-square-foot building would not be sufficient to operate the new 27,430-square-foot building.
Without the additional funds to hire more staff, Hughes said further cuts in the hours would be necessary when the new building opened in August. For example, the new library will have three separate service desks to staff, compared to the one desk in the current library.
Hughes said the survey indicated that Sunday was not a high priority for patrons, as well as a preference for additional early morning hours and a preference for more consistency in hours.
The early morning hours will enable the library to offer children’s programs at a time convenient for the parents, as well as to work in conjunction with the hours for the new cafe within the library. The Book Nook cafe will be operated by Catering Gourmets and offer beverages, snacks and sandwiches.
The current library will close on July 13 to prepare for the move. The new library will open Aug. 8.
New library hours
Closed Sunday and Monday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday and Saturday