When City Council added funding to the Flower Library, the clear intention was to increase hours of operation to better serve the public....A library is not a bank and therefore must be open hours outside the 8 to 4 paradigm on Monday through Friday.
This is the time to negotiate being able to have part time employees hired, as long time employees apparently don't want the new hours. Such a move would give the Library Board much more freedom in staffing to meet the public's needs.
There are lots of occupations that require flexibility in hours.....Nurses, firemen, bar owners....just to name a few.
With Libraries under competitive pressure from other sources of information and entertainment, serving the public is needed more than ever.
Watertown Daily Times Flower Memorial Library trustees hash out plan to increase staffing and library hours