Margaret Borchers, Director of the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, is pleased to announce that the library will be open on Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning December 5, 2010 through May. The training of additional staff required a late start this fall, but in the future the Sunday opening will begin in early October. In addition, the Saturday hours will continue throughout the year with no summer closings.
The expansion of library hours is made possible by the generosity of the Library Board of Directors. As beneficiaries of the Wheeler Trust, the board has the authority to supplement the normal budgetary amount received by the library from the Town if that budget limits the purchase of needed items or operating expenses. The trust is not to be used to replace Monroe’s budgetary contribution, but rather, to enhance it when necessary.
For some time the Director and board members have been aware that limited hours restricted many residents from access to the library. The intention of the Wheeler Trust was to provide a “state of the art” facility for the use and convenience for Monroe residents; expanding operating hours allows an increase of services, which the library staff and board members are proud to offer.