The Lodi Public Library is adding hours to its schedule, so Lodi residents will no longer find the doors locked on a Monday morning or Thursday evening.
Starting on Feb. 4, the library’s new schedule will include nine additional hours each week, for a total of 60 hours, Library Services Manager Andrea Woodruff said.
“There will be more availability and more access to our programs and our services, including books and materials,” she said.
Under the new schedule, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, closed most Fridays, and open from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
The library will also be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays when the city of Lodi offices are open, usually only once a month.
One of the other big changes is to the Saturday hours. Currently, the library is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“What happened was we noticed on Saturdays we were having to throw people out at 2, so we decided there was a higher demand for afternoon hours,” Woodruff said.
The change will also result in the Saturday family story time moving to 1 p.m.
The new schedule will hopefully be easier to remember; currently there are only two days that share the same hours, Woodruff said.
“Regularity and sameness really does help. It takes a very long time for people to learn the schedule,” she said.
The current schedule started a year and a half ago, Woodruff said. With the retirement of Library Services Director Nancy Martinez in December, Dean Gualco, the city’s human resources director, is serving as interim library director. He asked the staff to look at the schedule and see if more hours could be added back in, Woodruff said.
Head of circulation Kathy Costable came up with the new schedule based on when people tend to use the library, Woodruff said. For example, the library’s meeting rooms are always heavily booked, so staying open until 9 p.m. on Thursday provides more slots.
“We get so many requests, we really do need more time for people to meet,” Woodruff said.
On Tuesday afternoon, Lodi High student Kellee Kisrow spread out her homework and textbooks on a table in the library. She likes that the library will be open later on Thursdays.
“I live in the country and work in town, so I come here to do work first. It’s quiet with big tables to spread out on, and it’s in the middle of town, so it’s close to everything,” she said.
Lifelong Lodi resident Marjorie Parkison likes to check out audio books to listen to when she cannot sleep at night. She appreciates that the library is coming up with consistent hours.
“It’s important to take their schedule with you, but now it might be easier,” Parkison said.
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