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Posted on Dec 31, 2014

Library expands hours, staffing

The Quincy Public Library has expanded its library hours and staffing.

Beginning Jan. 2, the library will expand its evening hours on Thursdays and is open a full day on Saturdays. It also is now open on Sundays.

With the additional hours, staffing also has increased. The Quincy branch now has three full-time librarians. Nikki Urwin and Dottie Van Baugh, who formerly worked part time at the Quincy branch, have joined Schiree Ybarra, senior librarian and branch manager.

The changes came following a discussion between the City of Quincy and the North Central Regional Library, Ybarra said. The city expressed that it would like more services for the amount of money its taxpayers were providing, she said. NCRL decided to expand the library’s hours and add staffing, Ybarra said.

In 2013, in-city taxpayers paid the library taxing district $603,337, said Dan Howard NCRL executive director. Howard said that with the growth in Quincy, the 2014 tax dollars collected from in-city residents could be about $700,000.

The expansion of evening and weekend hours means more access to materials and better service for the people in Quincy, Ybarra said.

“The library is busy and growing with lots of usage and activity,” she said. “After-school hours and evenings are very busy, and we’ve had lots of requests from the public for more weekend hours.”

The expanded hours will especially benefit young people in Quincy, Ybarra said.

“Being open more hours, especially on the weekends, will allow kids and teenagers more access to study (materials) and access to the computers,” she said. “There are many kids in our community who their only access to computers is at school or at the library. So this should be a big asset for them.”

The library also plans to add more activities in the coming year.

“We are hoping to provide more kids activities and possibly some teen book clubs,” Ybarra said. “We will also be hosting an e-book training in January for any adults who may need help with their devices.”
Because of the staffing changes, the George Public Library is hiring a new librarian and the Quincy library seeks more librarian assistant positions, which fill in for the full-time librarians. If interested in an assistant position, contact the Quincy Public Library.

The library is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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