Library changes hours to suit patrons
Changes are coming to Groesbeck’s Maffett Memorial Library, as the librarian and board respond to patron requests for more hours, especially earlier hours.
Librarian Jamie McLean told the council that people had been requesting the library open earlier, especially Lake Limestone residents who come to town early and want to include a library visit on their trip. Another group requesting earlier hours, she said, are parents of young children, for whom the old opening time of 11:30 a.m. was too close to toddlers’ lunch time.
Also speaking for the library hours change was Maffett Memorial Library board member Linda Collins.
“We looked at all the different hours that would be most convenient for our public; that’s what we’re there for,” Collins said, noting that the board and McLean believe the new hours will help the library reach more residents.
McLean said she is also trying to start a weekly story program for younger children.
The council approved the requested new hours, which are: Monday-Wednesday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday closed; and Saturday 9-noon.
Under the new schedule, the total number of hours per week the library is open would increase from 27 to 30 hours.
The later closing on Thursday would coordinate with the library’s offering a monthly adult education program that last hour, McLean said.
Council member Kim Harris asked whether closing at 5 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday would be problematic for patrons who don’t get off work until 5. McLean, however, said she did not think so because the last half hour is a slow time for the library. The new hours start in January.