Funds boost allows city to add 13 hours a week

The Cornelius Library will be open an additional 13 hours each week beginning Monday, Oct. 30.

Under the new schedule, the library will reopen on Mondays and open earlier Tuesdays through Saturdays. The library will now open at 12 noon instead of 2 p.m. daily except Sunday.

After reviewing patron feedback in a recent survey, Karen Hill, the library's new director, recommended the new schedule.

'People are so supportive of the library here in Cornelius,' she said. 'They are excited about the additional hours and enthusiastic for what could be the start of some very positive changes.'

Library hours were shaved last year when the city had to make large budget cuts. The city's budget committee and city council approved the increase in service earlier this year.

City Manager Dave Waffle noted that funding was available due to a more stable financial situation stemming from property taxes. The additional tax revenue was generated by recent new construction and new general fund income.

The library's operations are funded by the city and Washington County through its cooperative library system.

New Cornelius Library hours are:

Monday, 12 to 5 p.m.

Tuesday through Thursday, 12 to 7 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m.

Sunday, closed

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