Library to be open Sundays

Library to be open Sundays

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RACINE - The library will be open Sundays beginning in January, the Racine Public Library Board of Trustees decided unanimously Thursday.

In October, the library, 75 Seventh St., didn't reopen on Sunday as it normally does during the school year, said Director Jessica MacPhail.

The City Council voted Tuesday to include an additional $33,000 in the tax levy to reopen the library on Sundays but that decision wasn't final until the board actually voted on it.

Now the library will open again on Sundays beginning in January, but some board members expressed concerns.

The board had asked the city, which provides about 2/3 of its funding, for $42,000 in order to reopen Sundays and still have about $10,000 for new books and other materials.

With the $33,000 they got, that leaves $1,000 for new books and reading materials next year.

"Without materials, then we have a building," said board President Theron Snell. "We don't have a library."

With increased circulation when the library reopens on Sundays, Snell said there needs to be additional materials, especially considering the materials would wear and tear faster.

One resident came to the meeting to support opening the library on Sundays.

"It's important for students to have a library open on Sunday when there's no school," said Joan Feil, 58, of Racine. "So they can improve their reading and vocabulary skills."




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