Faribault may cut hours at library and community center to ease budget crunch

Faribault officials, looking for ways to cut back expenses, are considering cutting hours at the library and community center.

One plan would reduce the library schedule from 62 hours to 53 hours a week, says the Faribault Daily News. The city council, though, would like to see more Saturday hours, but staffing shortages make that hard; the library director already works the circulation desk on Saturdays.

If the cuts are made, people will adjust, Mayor John Jasinski said: “The public is just going to have to re-educate themselves to the hours that it’s open and adjust.”

Hours at the community center, too, would go from 95 hours to 84.5 hours per week in the school year and from 88 hours to 79 hours in the summer. Some early exercisers have already complained about pushing back the opening time from 5 a.m. to 5:30 a.m., the paper said.

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