FULTON, NY – Marian Stanton, president of the Trustees of the Fulton Public Library, announced today (Feb. 3) that the board voted Tuesday, in response to additional cuts to its funding by the city council, to closing the library on Mondays.
“This means, she said, “that from a high of $210,000 in 2007, the library would receive just $50,000 from the city in 2014.”
She also said that the board has decided to pursue voter approval for a charter change to a school district library.
This would mean that most of its funding in the future would be raised by the library tax.
Until that issue is resolved, she said that the library would be forced to close at least one day weekly.
The new hours will begin February 10.
The library will be closed Mondays, open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
She noted, however, that the Winter Break Writing Class scheduled to be presented during winter break at the library by Jim Farfaglia for youth ages 8 through 13 will not be affected.
Students are encouraged to call the library to register at 592-5159.
The week-long class entitled Snowy Day Word Play will feature fun and engaging activities for those who love to write and want to improve their skills.
The program will take place at the Fulton Public Library from February 17 through 21, 1 to 4 p.m. daily.
This program is funded by proceeds from the sale of the Fulton Memories Project book, a collection of stories about Fulton written by 41 local authors.
The book, now in its third printing, is still available for purchase at the library for $12.