Well, this is good news.
After getting hit by budget cuts because of the recession, extended and Saturday hours have been restored to Houston Public Libraries. 41 HPL sites are now open on Saturdays and the Central Library will be open seven days a week.
The restored service hours are made possible by $3.1 million added to the HPL budget. A portion of the additional funding is expected in the current budget year from a General Appropriation request in April 2013, and full funding will be included in the HPL FY14 budget. These funds will be allocated to the hiring of 109 new staff members at HPL, making the restored service hours possible. The first wave of postings for these positions were added to the City of Houston website today. The restoration of service hours will take place in phases, as new staff is hired and trained, beginning April 1, 2013.
Mayor Parker cited the recovery, as well as HPLs management during the crisis, as reasons for bringing services back to where they once were. “We have emerged from those tough times and are now able to celebrate another major milestone in our recovery. Not only are we restoring public services, we are adding staff, which means jobs for our community.”
And for your FYI:
Locations that will have restored Saturday hours are: Carnegie Neighborhood Library HPL Express Southwest Lakewood Neighborhood Library Looscan Neighborhood Library Mancuso Neighborhood Library Moody Neighborhood Library Morris Frank Library, a HPL Express Location Pleasantville Neighborhood Library Ring Neighborhood Library Robinson-Westchase Neighborhood Library Shepard-Acres Homes Neighborhood Library Smith Neighborhood Library Stanaker Neighborhood Library Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library