Following several meetings and weeks of data gathering, an ad hoc team’s recommendation to offer Sunday hours at the new KO Lee Aberdeen Public Library has been accepted by the Library Board of Trustees and City Hall. Beginning Sunday, December 2, the library will be open Sundays 1-5 PM.
After reviewing numerous scheduling options such as closing an hour early four week nights to absorb Sunday afternoons or hiring additional people at additional expense, the team recommended the winter weekend hours be 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM Saturdays and 1:00-5:00 PM Sundays. The team noted the Saturday change would impact the fewest number of guests including the popular Saturday morning Storytime for children at 10:30 AM.
The seven person team included representation of the library’s leadership, library board, library foundation, city commission, and City of Aberdeen human resources.
The recommendation also describes this winter’s Sunday openings as a ‘test period.’ During this winter’s trial period through Sunday, May 19, the library will not be open Sundays associated with a national holiday; December 23, January 20, February 17, April 21, and May 26. Monday through Thursday hours will remain 9 AM to 9 PM. Friday hours will remain 9 AM to 6 PM.
Guest traffic at the new Library has more than doubled over traffic numbers at the previous location in less than a year. As a new service and recreational destination for the region, the K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library is positioned well to serve the public seven days a week. However, the team noted in its recommendation that fiscal constraints and future operating funding will need to be considered when using evidence generated during this winter’s test period.
The team noted other city-operated resources such as Wylie Park, Aberdeen Aquatic Center, and Lee Park Golf Course demonstrate the public’s expectation for daily access among users. This test will provide important data for the Library’s long-term service hours.