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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Village should commit more to the library
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We would like to see those new hours simply added to the hours the library offers during the week. Taking away time on weekdays is only robbing Peter to pay Paul. The village board, which determines funding for the library, should commit to providing some additional staff so the library can truly offer the most hours and best service possible.

We understand that finances are tight, and the board doesn’t want to raise taxes any more than it already has, but a small investment now could pay off big in a few years if the facility can win back the North Valley Stream library contract.

The library is open 57 hours per week and always has two librarians available. When the Sunday hours begin, however, the total will be maintained, but there will only be one librarian for four of those hours. We’re not sure how that is an improvement in service.

There are low-cost options available to the village that could make a big impact. For example, bringing in a per-diem librarian on Sundays, at a reasonable rate of $150 for four hours, would cost about $6,000 per year, little more than a rounding error in a $35.4 million budget.

Improving service at the library for patrons, and giving the facility a chance to reclaim North Valley Stream patrons, doesn’t have to be an expensive proposition. But in order to do it right, it can’t be done for nothing.

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