Library hours being reduced

    Kelly Ehinger, director of the Adams Public Library System, reported this week that hours are being reduced at the Decatur library.
    According to Ehinger, the library board at its recent meeting discussed ways to ensure future financial sustainability while continuing to meet library standards and the community’s needs during times of reduced or stagnant revenues.
     Board President Medford Smith said, “The library is in a good financial position right now. But with declining revenues and because of the negative effects from tax caps, we must prepare for the future and ensure that we maintain financial stability so we can continue to provide for our community.”
     Effective June 10, the library will have summer and school-year hours. New summer hours in Decatur will be: Monday – Wednesday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    During the school year, the Decatur site will also be open on Sundays from 1-5 p.m. 
    Hours at the Geneva branch will be year-round: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday, 1-5 p.m.; Thursday 1-5 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m.-noon.
    Programs and online services of the library will not be affected with this change, Ehinger said. 
    In 2011, the library offered 706 programs attended by 11,700 people; provided wireless access to more than 4,200 people, and circulated more than 167,000 books and other items.
     For more information about the library, call Ehinger, 724-2605, or go online at