ROSEVILLE — Roseville residents approved a millage increase during the August 2016 primary election that is now allowing the Roseville Public Library to provide upgrades for the community, including staying open an extra day.
The new hours for the library will begin the week of Feb. 27. The library will be open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays; and now, during the months of September through May, the library will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays.
According to Roseville Public Library Director Jacalynn Harvey, the library used to be open on Saturdays years ago.
“We were open on Saturdays up until 2010 during the school year. When the recession hit, we had to cut one day a week. We’ve been closed on Saturdays since 2011,” she said.
Harvey also spoke about some improvements to the library due to the 0.5-mill increase that voters supported.
“We are updating the sound system in Erin Auditorium with surround sound. (The city) helped and split the cost of the new equipment, which includes new microphones and new receivers, and the surround sound is being covered entirely by the library,” said Harvey.
Abel Electronics, of St. Clair Shores, was scheduled to install the new surround sound system in Erin Auditorium Feb. 10, according to Harvey. The Eastsider went to press Feb. 10.
On Jan. 31, mobile printing was installed in the library, Harvey said.
“If you have a library card or not, you can print from a mobile device. All (individuals) have to do is download a free mobile application for your cellphone or tablet, and you print through the application. Individuals can name the print job whatever they want,” she said.
Harvey explained how the mobile printing works for laptops.
“Those using laptops can go to a website and download the application. It works the same way as it would on a mobile device,” said Harvey.
“Prints are 20 cents a page, and staff is here ready to help,” she said.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 4, the library will host a “soft” opening with a Dr. Seuss birthday celebration.
“It’s not going to be a big program. We want to give people a chance to be used to us being open (on Saturdays) first,” said Harvey.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 18, an indoor family carnival will be held at the Roseville Public Library to “thank the residents for their support.”
Families can enjoy “a clown, balloon animals, a magician, carnival food, treats and prizes,” said Harvey.
No advance registration is required for the soft opening with the Dr. Seuss birthday celebration or the indoor family carnival.