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Grand County Library hours to expand

Staff Report

The Grand County Library District Board of Trustees discussed the additional library hours in all GCLD branches at the Tuesday, March 17, board meeting and decided that beginning May 21, the Fraser Valley Library will be open five days a week, Tuesdays through Saturdays. The Granby and Kremmling branches will open for additional hours on Mondays, and the Hot Sulphur Springs and Juniper Library in Grand Lake will add Fridays to their existing schedules.

According to the November 2014 GCLD community survey, the No. 1 priority of the 547 respondents was to see their libraries open for more hours.

"Thanks to the community survey, we have a clear idea of the additional days each community values," says GCLD Executive Director Stephanie Ralph.

To achieve these results efficiently and economically, library staff will take on a few extra hours per week and some staff will travel between branches to complete their work week.

The second most valued service cited in the community survey was library programming for children. To answer this need, the library district is adding staff hours to coordinate and manage the Summer Reading Program, the Book Float Competition and the Scary Story Contest, as well as numerous other childrens' programs that happen throughout the year.

"The library plays an essential role in encouraging and supporting early literacy and reading in school age children," says John Kacik, president of the GCLD Board of Trustees. "This is something we cannot allow to slip. Learning to read and becoming a successful reader is a big deal. Libraries play a huge part in helping prepare children for school, and in supporting and encouraging young readers."

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The additional hours and staffing for childrens' programming have been made possible through reserves accumulated in 2014. The Finance Committee of the GCLD Board of Trustees has worked to forecast and plan a responsible level of spending for these reserves. The planned expenditures over the next three years are intended to strike a balance between drawing from the reserves to provide library services and the anticipated slow return of property taxes, which form the basis of library district's revenues.

See the accompanying graphic for the proposed new hours under consideration. For more information regarding the changes, visit your local library branch, or go to http://www.gcld.org for ongoing updates. For more information, and an analysis of the results of the GCLD community survey, go to http://www.gcld.org to access a Strategic Planning link from the homepage.

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