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Library reduces hours

Beginning April 1 The Wayne Public Library will once again reduce its hours. They will be open 31 hours per week. The new hours will be:
12-8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday
12-5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday
The library will be closed on Sunday and Monday.
They will also cut out their budget for new adult and children’sbooks, CDs, and DVDs.
In addition, Library Director Paulette Medvecky will retire as a full-time employee on June 30. In a letter posted on their website the Library Board said, “We hope to bring her back part-time as a co-director to work with a new part-time person who would be the other co-director. These co-directors will receive an hourly wage and no benefits.”
Long-time library employee Ginny Cesarz will also leave on May 31 and will not be replaced.
The reason for these changes is the loss of tax revenue due to the reduced income the library receives from one mill. It has decreased as property values have dropped the past few years. The library does not get any money from the city’s general fund or DDA, according to the library board.
The library staff continues to apply for grants, get some support from the Friends of the Library and receive a small income from meeting room rentals.

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