Seymour, Kodak libraries to open on Wednesdays

Oct. 01, 2013 @ 11:39 PM

Book lovers in Seymour and Kodak will once again be able to pick up books at their libraries on Wednesdays, at least for a limited time.

The Sevier County Public Library System announced Monday that it will reinstate Wednesday hours at the library branches, after a vote by its board of trustees. They’ll be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on a trial basis until Dec. 31; by then the board will announce whether they will return permanently.

The two branch libraries were reduced to operating four days a week when SCPLS opened the King Family Library in 2010.

Spokesperson Robin Cogdill said the schedules were reduced in part because of the increased need for personnel at the main branch, as it moved from the older, smaller library to the new, three-story King Family Library, but also because the library system has seen considerable turnover in recent years. With the staff constraints at the time, the system couldn’t staff the branches with more than one employee on Wednesday, and the board of trustees felt it was a risk to employees and  security to have just one person working alone, she said.

“Especially in Kodak, it’s rather secluded and to leave it with one person seemed like a bad idea,” she said.

Now, however, the libraries are back to a full complement of employees and the board believes the system  can return to keeping the branches open five days a week without resulting in overtime for employees, or in closing other departments, or other staffing issues.

“We’re pretty much back at full staff,” she said. “That will allow us to open the branches.”

The board went with the plan on a temporary basis for now to see if it leads to any issues, she said.

“Hopefully by the end of the year we’ll know for sure ... if they’ll be be able to make it work.”

jfarrell@themountainpress.com