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Hall County Library System to keep current schedule

Main branch is open every Saturday

POSTED: January 23, 2013 12:30 a.m.

The Hall County Library System will continue to operate on reduced hours and a rotating Saturday schedule as it has for the last three months.

The Hall County Library Board voted to keep the system’s current hours in place at its meeting Tuesday night in Gainesville.

“What the staff all told me was to leave it alone until we and the patrons understand the hours,” said Adrian Mixson, Hall County Library System director.

Board member Harriette Taylor agreed, saying it would create more confusion for library users if the hours were changed again.

“It was too painful to do the hours,” Taylor said. “I think it would just create more heartache if we revisit them now.”

The system cut hours to all libraries and eliminated weekend hours on Sept. 1 because of significant funding challenges, increased health insurance costs and staffing shortages. A few weeks later, the system reconsidered and decided to open with reduced hours on Saturdays.

The main library branch in Gainesville, 127 Main St., is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Spout Springs branch at 6488 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch, is open on the first and third Saturdays of the month, and the North Hall Community and Technology Center at 4175 Nopone Road is open on the second and fourth Saturdays.

Library staff members in attendance said they felt the board made the right decision.

Gail Hogan, library assistant, said the new schedule simply hadn’t been in place long enough for the community to get used to it.

The board also approved a motion by member Andy Henderson to write a formal request to the county commissioners, asking them to restore funding for furlough days.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted in December to end furlough days for its employees for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends in June.

The system does not operate under the county but under the library board, which is an independent agency appointed by the board of commissioners. The system is funded through county and state money, grants and local fines and fees. The board determines the system’s spending.

The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. March 25 at the main library branch in Gainesville.


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