Chico library hours reduced, staff cut

Jun 24, 2015 5:29 PM by News Staff

The Butte County Board of Supervisors has voted to cut 14 hours of operation from the Chico Library following a $100,000 budget cut from the city.

The decision was made by a 3-2 vote Tuesday during a supervisor's meeting.

Starting July 5, the library will be open just 44 hours a week, and closed on Mondays, while opening Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday's from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to the reduced hours, two full time positions, and one part time position will be cut. Officials say those employees will be assigned other positions in the county.

In 2014, more than 58,000 patrons visited the library on Mondays alone. The Chico branch is the largest within the county, estimated to serve around 55,000 people. Even with the reduced hours, the library will be open more than any other in the county.

The library hosts various childrens' programs, including on Mondays. For example, a bilingual reading program which regularly has 50-60 people in attendance.


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