Budget Cuts Force Library to Close on Fridays in August
Library staff will be furloughed on all five fridays in August and the building will be closed to the public.
The move comes as no surprise to library staff, who have been aware that they would be furloughed on all five Fridays in August since budget discussions began in early spring.
"It's a down time for us and we thought it would minimize the inconvenience for the public," library director Tim Murphy explained at a March budget meeting. "Everyone is going to pull together in an attempt to minimize having to do anything worse."
Despite receiving $100,000 less than he'd requested for the library's budget, Murphy has been able to avoid laying off workers by expanding staffer responsibilities and reducing hours. In April, the library began closing at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, rather than its regular 9 p.m. The library is also closed Sundays until after Labor Day.