An ugly rumor is afloat that pending budget cuts may force the Gloucester County Public Library to reduce its availability to the public. What I’m hearing is that the doors would be closed Sundays. This could be disastrous for patrons who rely on those four hours each Sunday the library currently is open. The Sunday hours can be vital to many patrons who depend on the library’s free Internet access to apply for jobs, as more and more employers are requiring online applications. The library’s service in this regard is especially important to patrons who live in outlying areas not convenient for commercial providers.
A logical alternative to eliminating the Sunday hours is to cut back on staff. The effect of such a drastic measure would be felt by all library patrons who appreciate the warm welcome and assistance they receive from the instant they step inside the library until their visit is over. Anyone under the impression librarians only ch...
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