Reduced Library Hours Begin Monday

The Kennesaw Branch Library and West Cobb Regional Library will both operate at reduced hours starting next week.

Despite early midst Cobb County's $31 million budget crisis, the , and all county libraries, will remain open but with reduced hours starting Monday.

The Kennesaw Branch Library will now operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. That's a total weekly reduction of 10 hours.

Kennesaw's West Cobb Regional Library will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, reducing its weekly hours of operation by five hours.

The Kennesaw branch was among 13 libraries on the chopping block in a proposed budget plan by Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee.

However, after thousands of e-mails and in support of the county's libraries, the Board voted instead for an alternate plan, which included , the closing of the Windy Hill Senior Center and the adult day care center, and for county employees.

While the West Cobb Regional Library was never in danger of being shutdown in Lee's original plan, it will also operate at reduced hours.

Check here for the new schedules of all county libraries.

Esther Wheat April 28, 2011 at 04:19 PM
It is unfortunate that cuts have to be made and I feel bad for all of the employees who will be affected. However, I am grateful that a way was found to keep the libraries open. West Cobb and Kennesaw are the two libraries that I use the most and so I appreciate the fact that I will be able to continue to visit both. I will just adjust my visiting schedule to the new hours. It will just take a while to get used to the changes. Thank you for keeping them open.
Bill April 28, 2011 at 04:31 PM
I am still trying to get some common sense out of the current library management. You might recall that I came across a problem about 2 months ago with our Kennesaw downtown library getting shortchanged with books. I pointed out in my letter to Library Director Mrs Poyer that there should not be 8-18 copies of the same title at West Regional when the Kennesaw branch had none of that title. Checking back three weeks later showed the problem still existed. It still exists today and if you check your local Cobb libraries I am sure that all the smaller libraries have the same problem - the books pile up at the main and regional libraries and don't make it back to the smaller branches. I hoped to enlist the Kennesaw Mayor, City Manager and 5 Councilmembers, only 1 has answsered my emails of 4 weeks ago and none my letters of earlier this week, see these at: http://cobbcountylibrary.blogspot.com. Just how difficult can it be for one person at each of the 4 major libraries to walk the stacks once a week and pick out those titles that have so many duplicates sitting on their shelves and send those with over 6-8 copies out to the smaller branches? It isn't rocket science folks, West Regional did not/does not need 18 copies of 'Evidence' while Kennesaw had 1, or ten other titles with 6-14 copies where Kennesaw had zero. Perhaps we need to shake up the upper management of the Cobb County Library and get people in there who listen to complaints from readers. Bill Harris


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