Avon/Sheffield Lake

Domonkas and Avon library patrons should bookmark May 5 and May 7.

Beginning May 5, the Avon branch will restore some of its previously eliminated hours and will be open from 2 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

“We’re just happy to be back on Wednesdays,” Avon Branch Librarian Supervisor Charlotte Picha said on April 16, the day after the Lorain Public Library System (LPLS) Board decided to follow through with restoration of hours for Domonkas and Avon libraries.

Even though the hours are not fully restored, Picha said, “I would think we’ll be able to keep up with life as it comes through the door.”

Word traveled fast about the hour change. The day after the vote, Picha said several patrons commented on the restoration of hours.

Beginning May 7, the Domonkas branch will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. on Fridays.

“People are very happy to have us even for some of the hours (on Friday),” Domonkas Branch Librarian Supervisor Pam Coghlan said Thursday. “We are happy to do it as well.”

Domonkas had been closed on Fridays since Feb. 7.

“Since we’ve been closed, we’ve had people come to the door on Fridays,” Coghlan said. “It’s a popular day as far as getting things for the weekend – videos and such.”

The Avon library will still remain closed on Wednesdays.

“We couldn’t restore all of the hours. The primary rationale is to have the community access the library after they get out of work,” LPLS Director Joanne Eldridge said of the reason hours were restored beginning at 2 p.m.

This time frame allows students to take advantage of doing their homework in community rooms, Eldridge said.

“We talked to the branch librarian supervisors about what could we do without adding to our operational costs,” she said.

For Avon, Eldridge said, “Wednesday, there are people who need to use the libraries. On Sundays, because the library staff is paid time and a half, it’s more of a luxury than a necessity. Wednesday is more of a necessity.”

The hours that were restored will remain status quo until more funding is available.

“We always strive to be as accessible to the community as we can,” said LPLS Public Relations Officer Terri Frederick.

Eldridge said she had some direct feedback regarding restoring hours.

“I was at a State of the Library (speech) in South Lorain (which is also having hours restored beginning the week of May 3), and people were clapping to get some usage of their library on Friday,” she said. “When we do the best we can with what we have, I think the community is going to be happy about that.”

Contact Rebecca Turman at rturman@2presspapers.com

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