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Smoot Library has Sunday hours


The L.E. Smoot Memorial Library has gone back to Sunday hours—for a trial period.

Through June 8, the library is open from 2 to 7 p.m. on Sundays, said Director Robin Tenney. The trial period is part of a bigger examination the library staff is undertaking on hours, statistics and patron usage, she said.

The library used to be open on Sundays until June 2011, when Sunday hours were cut because of low usage by patrons. Since that time, library hours were extended during other times of the week to accommodate peak library usage, Tenney said.

In September, the library held a grand opening to unveil its new expansion. The county spent $5.88 million to build and furnish the new addition with cathedral-type ceilings and exposed wooden beams. The project also renovated the old portion of the library and more than doubled the size of the facility.

After the opening, residents wondered, on various Facebook pages devoted to King George activities, when the facility would open to the public on Sundays. The trial period of Sunday hours started March 9.