Chico library hours, staff face cuts

Jun 22, 2015 3:12 PM by Alex Backus

Chico, Calif - The Chico branch of the Butte County Library may soon be losing hours and staff members.

The Butte County Board of Supervisors will be meeting Tuesday to discuss their yearly budget, and on the agenda are the library's hours.

The board will vote on a resolution that would cut 14 hours from the library. As proposed, the library would close Mondays and opening later on Tuesdays through Fridays.

Two full-time positions and one part-time position would be cut, library officials say those employees would likely be shifted into other jobs within 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.

With the proposed cuts, the library would be open for 44 hours, more than any other branch in the county.

"Everyday of the week there are people waiting at the door to come in when we open," Chico branch manager Brenda Crotts said.

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

The changes will be effective July 5. The public hearing begins Tuesday, June 23 at 1:00 p.m. at the County Administration Building in Oroville.


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