Why Is The Library Going To Be Closed On Saturdays In August?

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Jul 242015

The Case Memorial Library.

The Case Memorial Library.

Yesterday’s message from the Case Memorial Library that the library would be closed on Saturdays in August seemed to strike a chord with a lot of residents.

Library Director Meryl Farber was out of state on Friday, but took the time to call Orange Live to offer an explanation for the Case Memorial Library Commission’s decision.

“The library has several unfilled positions and it’s impossible to stay open six days a week until those positions are filled,” she said. “We have some wonderful trained volunteers, but the staff consists of professionals with masters degrees and trained paraprofessionals.”

Hundreds of people read the story on Thursday evening and on Friday and many posted their concerns and comments on the Orange Live Facebook Page. Most said they would be willing to volunteer a few hours on the weekend in order to keep it open, but is that really possible?

Because training is necessary, the library has to decline all of the generous offers from potential volunteers.

At its last meeting, the Library Commission discussed the staffing shortage and decided that the best way to offer residents with quality services Monday – Friday, the best thing they could do is cut out Saturdays for the month of August.

“We have many events going on during the work throughout the month for children, teens and adults,” Farber said.

The Commission meets again on Thursday, August 20, (7:30 p.m. at the Library) at which time the staffing shortage again will be discussed.

“We’re hoping that the Saturday closing will just be for the month of August,” she said.

If you have any questions for Farber you may call her at the Library on Monday at 203-891-2170.

NOTE: You also may direct your comments and concerns to the members of the board of selectmen.