Sunday, Monday Hours to Return to Woodbury Library in 2013

The R.H. Stafford Branch in Woodbury would still be closed on Sundays during summer months.

It might be a day to loosen the guidelines on being quiet at the library.

Washington County plans to restore Sunday and Monday hours at the R.H. Stafford Library in Woodbury starting in 2013.

Under a pilot program, the Woodbury library would be open from 1-5 p.m. on Sundays, except for summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The concern was: “Is everybody going to swamp Stafford?” said Washington County Library Director Pat Conley.

“We want to make sure we have good customer service—that’s why it’s a pilot (program),” she said.

Last year, as part of a cost-saving measure, the county opted to eliminate Sunday and Monday service at all branches.

Plans call for the R.H. Stafford, Cottage Grove, Oakdale, Wildwood and Hardwood Creek libraries to be open Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and to open the Valley branch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. The Washington County Board on Tuesday, Oct. 2, approved the new hours as it prepares to finalize the 2013 budget.

Conley said she was “very, very pleased” with the county board’s 5-0 vote on the matter. She said she asked the board for $260,000 to restore some hours, and the group opted for an additional $24,000 for the pilot program in Woodbury.

There was some “sadness and disappointment” from patrons over the 2012 reduction in hours, Conley said, but most were understanding about the fiscal restraints on Washington County.

She also lauded the county board, which came up with the idea for additional hours for at least one library during the school year during workshop sessions.

Conley thanked library users for voicing their support for additional hours.

“It really made a difference,” she said.


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Kurt Shea October 03, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Washington County Watchdog October 03, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Wow, that money was supposed to be for self check out scanners and technology to relieve some of the staffing needs at most of the county libraries. It was thought once that technology was in place then the extra days and late hours could be returned. The County administrator Molly O'Rourke said she wasn't sure where the extra $24K was going to come from either. I guess if you mention "education and the children" you can throw logical spending out the window in exchange for the unsustainable path of the past. No one wanted decreased funding from the state; but we had a plan that was going to allow increased hours without the need for a 1/4 million dollars for the staffing hours to do it. I blame Pat Conley for this irresponsible move.
Kathryn Niflis Johnson October 03, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I do love that the library will be open more. It's sad to see it sitting there inaccessible.
Kris Janisch October 03, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I often see people at the door of the library when it's closed, incredulous that they can't get in.
Washington County Watchdog October 06, 2012 at 08:40 AM
Everyone wants to see the Libraries open more often and for longer... it's just sad Pat Conley and the Washington County Commissioners didn't go through with the original plan to invest $260,000 in self check out scanners and technology at the five major branches instead $284,000 is going to be spent for a year's worth of extra staff. The technology would have opened the libraries sundays and mondays and even late hours (8pm)... it would have been a one time cost and served many years to come unlike the yearly cost for staff. What was a smart investment to eventually restore the hours for many years to come has turned into an expensive short term fix. Pat Conley isn't answering my e-mail asking for an explanation and Pat didn't explain the plan to the board on 10-2 when this bad idea was proposed and passed 5-5 last Tuesday.
Kathryn Niflis Johnson October 06, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Thanks for explaining Matt. I'd like to hear why too!
Washington County Watchdog October 06, 2012 at 11:57 PM
edit: it passed 5-0 not 5-5
Richard March 26, 2013 at 05:13 AM
I've come here to work and wond up using your library to get my OSHA10t t The staff herehas been super
Richard March 26, 2013 at 05:16 AM
Thanks for all the great hulp .
Richard March 26, 2013 at 05:20 AM
Keep. Up the good work...


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