Opening the library Sunday is favored

Speakout!

June 12, 2005

Last week's question: The Howard County Central Library in Columbia will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays in late spring and summer. All other branches of the library system are closed Sundays through Sept. 4. Do you plan take advantage of the Sunday hours? And do you think all county libraries should be open Sundays during the summer?

Sunday hours urged for all branches

Ever since I moved to Howard County, I've not understood why all county libraries aren't open on Sundays. What better public service to be open all weekend than a public library. Current hours have a certain exclusive quality about them, availability to only those who have daytime hours free or who aren't exhausted in the evenings after working all day. A single Saturday for dashing in and out of the library amidst a plethora of other weekend chores is all that's left to those in the latter group. No, I won't be visiting the Central Library in Columbia because it's a solid 30-minute drive from where I live. On the other hand, the Glenwood library is about 10 minutes away, and I would enjoy the opportunity to visit on Sundays, not just in the summer but year-round.

Suzanne Peterson

Woodbine

An affirmative vote for opening Sunday

I am very much in favor of the central branch being open on Sundays during the summer. Most adults still work 40 hours a week during the summer and have only the weekends to visit the library. The central branch is always busy and a few more hours on a Sunday will help spread out the crowd. It would be nice if all the branches were open, but I understand budget concerns.

Thanks to the library folks for considering this additional service.

Jessica Kemper

Columbia

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