Oakmont Carnegie Library to offer more hours and programs next year
Oakmont Carnegie Library by January will have restored all cuts in its hours made for financial reasons in 2016.
The library has been open two hours longer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays since October. In January, it will add back two hours cut on Fridays.
“There will be more opportunities for residents to take advantage of our wonderful library,” Borough Manager Lisa Cooper Jensen said.
The library is now open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; noon to 4 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The library will open at 10 a.m. on Fridays at the start of the year.
Library Director Beth Mellor said frugal spending made it possible to restore the cut hours.
“We were really good at managing this budget,” she said.
Councilman George Coulter, a former library board president, was one of the main advocates for more hours.
“People need the hours,” he said. “It's going to give the whole community a lot more time to use the valuable resource and asset.”
The borough's contribution to the library this year was $290,000, which is $15,000 more than it allocated in 2016. It costs approximately $530,000 annually to operate the library. Allegheny Regional Asset District contributes $113,000, the state $33,000 and the rest of the budget is funded by fundraisers, donations and fees.
There are two full-time and 11 part-time employees.
Mellor said the new hours will allow the library to add a tai chi class on Tuesdays and Zumba on Wednesdays.