Weekends are always insane for me. Friday nights are dedicated to recovering from the week with margaritas and movies. Then Saturdays are meant for recovering from Friday nights. And Sunday is a day to run errands and spend time with my family. But come Sunday night, I am catching up on emails and working to get ready for the week again.
Most people use their Sunday nights as a time to catch their breath as well as get work and homework done. Or maybe you just want to unwind with a good book.
Naperville Public Library recognizes this need for more library time, especially on Sundays. Recently, NPL experimented with additional hours at Nichols Library, with Sunday hours from 1 to 9 p.m. This successful launch of extended hours paved the way for library staff to survey whether additional Sunday hours were necessary at the 95th Street Library.
The temporary Sunday hours there will be from 1 to 9 p.m. March 2 through May 18. The library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive, Naperville, is usually open from 1 to 5 p.m.
“When we did the experiment at Nichols, there were questions from users at both 95th Street Library and Naper Boulevard Library about when they would get those hours,” said Julie Rothenfluh, executive director.
Staff members rearranged their work schedules so no additional funding was necessary to extend Sunday hours at 95th Street Library. Analysis reports, including door counts, number of reference questions as well as room, material and service usage will help determine the need for additional Sunday hours.
Rothenfluh said the library will report to the board in June, which would coincide with the library’s fiscal year 2016 budget discussions. If extended hours are necessary and no additional staff or funding is needed, the library could begin a more permanent Sunday schedule of 1 to 9 p.m. in the fall. If extra funding or staffing is required, 95th Street Library’s extended Sunday hours could start closer to May 2015.
If library users are like me, they will make the trip there to find respite from the frenzied weekend and center themselves at the library. Whether it is stocking up on movies for the week or finding a study room to help with homework, the Naperville Public Library wants to be open and available for all weekend warriors.
Mary Rakoczy is a multimedia associate for the Naperville Public Library.