Attention Readers
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, C & G Newspapers has temporarily suspended its print publications. We look forward to resuming our print operation in the coming weeks. In the meantime, continue to find local news on our website and look for us on Facebook and Twitter. We hope you stay healthy and safe.

Library will stay closed on Saturdays — for now

More staff to be added

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published August 10, 2011

 Joan Schaefer, Troy library assistant, checks out books for patrons Aug. 5, the day the library had been slated to close if the millage that voters approved Aug. 2 had failed.

Joan Schaefer, Troy library assistant, checks out books for patrons Aug. 5, the day the library had been slated to close if the millage that voters approved Aug. 2 had failed.

Photo by Deb Jacques

Advertisement

Hours of operation at the Troy Public Library won’t change, at least for now, following voter approval of a 0.7-mill, five-year dedicated library millage Aug. 2.

“The library will remain closed on Saturdays as staff regroups and determines what will and will not fit into the budget,” Phillip Kwik, head of library public services, said.

“We have a lot of housekeeping things to do,” he said.

Library staff will work to re-establish reciprocal agreements, which were severed in April, with different libraries in the area, Kwik said.

“We’re also working to get back into the Michigan Electronic Library Catalog (MELCat) system and renew contracts with vendors,” he said.

The Troy library was able to remain a member of the Suburban Library Cooperative among 20 libraries in Macomb County. Membership in the cooperative allowed Troy library cardholders to check out materials from other member libraries, but patrons must pick up the materials at the libraries, rather than from the Troy library, because Troy had to discontinue participation in MELCat, which allows libraries across the state to interloan with each other. This was due to the planned closure of the Troy library before the millage passed.

Kwik said he expected the library to be back in the MELCat system by the end of this month.

He added that the library will be adding staff.

There are currently four full-time employees and 52 part-time staffers.

By contrast, the Sterling Heights library has 22 full-time employees, Troy Public Library Director Cathleen Russ said during the first in a series of informational sessions held with residents last month. She said Troy’s library staff had been cut by 14 positions since last year.

Russ said previously that if the millage passed, she would look into purchasing self-check-out machines at a cost of between $15,000 and $20,000 each, restoring staff levels to 70-75, and build literacy initiatives and the children’s area. She would also restore funds to the collection budget for mostly electronic resource acquisitions.

The library is located at 510 W. Big Beaver and is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.


 

Advertisement