LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Patrons of the Kurth Memorial Library will have more time to browse for books in 2016.
Starting on Monday, Jan. 4 the library will begin a new pilot program to see if the library can handle extended hours. The special hours will run until April 3. Hours are being shortened by an hour and a half on Monday and then lengthened on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The new hours will be:
"This is all from patrons who have asked us to have these hours on Saturdays and evenings because of their work schedule," Library Director Lorraine Simoneau said. "To bring kids in it can be a bit of a hassle to get in here real quickly before 6 p.m. Hopefully this will help a lot of people."
The library saw less patrons then normal during 2015, but Simoneau does not attribute that to the current schedule.
"We did have less people but we also had a lot of rain in the spring," Simoneau said. "People do not want to get out in a torrential downpour. Even though we did have less people, we did have more books checked out so the numbers did not hurt us."
Simoneau said once done the staff and board will look at the statistics gathered in that time period and make a decision on if a permanent switch should be presented to Lufkin City Council. The library will also start an amnesty period during the time of the new pilot hours.
"if someone has lost a book, they can come in and pay for the book and we will wave the fees," SImoneau said. "If someone just has fines then we will drop the fines if they come in and update their library card. We will also waive a processing fee."