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Libraries reshuffle hours

Donna Gray

In an effort to keep their doors open longer for patrons, the Garfield County libraries have changed some of their hours. Mondays have been a dead day at the libraries for many years. Now the Rifle library will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., said library director Jaci Spuhler, in case someone in any part of the county really needs a book.”Normally all the libraries are closed on Mondays, except administration, which never sleeps,” Spuhler quipped.Gordon Cooper library in Carbondale will have new hours, and will now be open on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.Other libraries have changed their extended hours times to better accommodate patrons. Silt will now be open late on Wednesday rather than Tuesday nights. Parachute has shifted its late night from Thursday to Tuesday, Spuhler said.”We’re still not open on Sunday, but there’s not much we can do about it” without enough people on staff, she said.Rifle library, which is now as busy as the Glenwood Springs library, will get an additional full-time person in January.Here’s a rundown on current library hours:Glenwood Springs Branch: Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Gordon Cooper Branch: Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.New Castle Branch: Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Silt Branch: Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 am. to 4 p.m.Rifle Branch: Monday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 2-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Parachute Branch: Tuesday, noon to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.For information about each library: Glenwood Springs, 945-5958; Gordon Cooper, 963-2889; New Castle, 984-2346; Silt, 876-5500; Rifle, 625-3471 and Parachute, 285-9870.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 510dgray@postindependent.com


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