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Libraries to stay open longer, reversing cuts made last year

The Kansas City Star

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Open longer Starting Wednesday, the Johnson County Library will be open longer on Wednesdays and some will be open on Sunday. Central Resource Library: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday Antioch, Blue Valley, Corinth Neighborhood Libraries: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday Gardner, Lackman, Leawood Pioneer, Oak Park, Shawnee Neighborhood Libraries: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Cedar Roe Neighborhood Library: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday De Soto Neighborhood Library: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Edgerton Neighborhood Library: 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday, 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Spring Hill Neighborhood Library: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

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People will be able to go to Johnson County libraries later on Wednesdays starting next week and at some locations, even visit on Sundays as the library rolls back cuts it made last year.

In January 2012, hours of operation at Johnson County Library locations were cut because of budget constraints as well as the departure of 29 library staff members who opted for voluntary retirement incentives offered by Johnson County.

As a result, several libraries were closed on Sundays and all library locations closed at 5 p.m. Wednesdays.

“Rather than close a single library we took some hours from each library location,” said Marsha Bennett, library community relations coordinator.

But the library’s 2013 budget now has allowed 10 staff members to be hired and some of the previously cut hours to be reinstated.

Starting next week , alll the libraries will be open later on Wednesday evenings — until either 6 or 9 p.m. — and four libraries will offer Sunday hours.

For more information on library locations and hours, go to jocolibrary.org/locations.

The Olathe Public Library continues to operate with the schedule it adopted in May 2010, said Emily Baker, library director.

Before that, the main library opened at 9 a.m.

“Now the main library opens at 10 a.m., along with the Indian Creek branch,” Baker said.

For information regarding the Olathe library operating hours, go to olathelibrary.org.

To reach Brian Burnes, call 816-234-4120 or send email to bburnes@kcstar.com.

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