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Maple Park library makes changes for 50th year celebration

MAPLE PARK – As the Maple Park library gets ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary in June, the library is working to improve its service.

The library, located in the lower level of the Maple Park Community Center at 302 Willow St., implemented new hours in the fall.

“We are still open the same number of hours – 30 hours a week – but we rearranged them,” Maple Park Library Director Kimberly Martin said.

The library is closed Fridays, but is open earlier Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Hours are from 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Before the change, the library didn’t open until 10 a.m. Saturdays and 9:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Martin said the library changed its hours to better meet the needs of patrons.

“I think people like being able to come in earlier on Saturdays,” Martin said.

The library had been open from 3 to 5 p.m. Fridays but wasn’t seeing much business, so the decision was made to close the library on those days, she said.

Besides new hours, the library in February will replace the flooring and add shelving in the adult reading room.

“It should be done by the end of March,” Martin said.

The improvements will lead up to Maple Park Library’s 50th anniversary in June. In June 1963, a group of residents interested in establishing a library met to form the Maple Park Library Association, according to the library’s website. The Maple Park Public Library District was established in 1998.

Maple Park Library is not the only library changing its hours. On Wednesday, the Sugar Grove Library will see its operating hours expand.

The Sugar Grove Library Board recently approved expanding the library’s hours after patrons were surveyed on what hours they would like to see.

The new schedule in Sugar Grove, beginning Wednesday, will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays.

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