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Flower Memorial Library Sunday hours a success

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If you enjoy kicking back with a good book on a Sunday but can’t find a quiet place to do it, you’re in luck. Bookworms in Watertown can now go to the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library on Sundays to sit back, relax and enjoy a good read. YNN’s Carmella Mataloni tells us how the new hours are attracting many in the community.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- It started out as an experiment, but ever since the Flower Memorial Library announced they would be open on Sundays, that experiment became permanent.

“The turnout has been very encouraging. That’s why the council decided they would continue with the trial for an indefinite amount of time,” said Library Director Barbara Wheeler.

The trial period began the first weekend of October and the Watertown city council gave the Flower Memorial Library eight weeks to see how the new hours would work out. Library administrators say the extra hours seem to be what the community wanted.

“After we did a survey of the population of Watertown, of our patrons, we asked about, we asked them about Sunday hours and if they would like Sunday hours or any other change and that is what came up the most," said Wheeler.

Since the hours started, library workers have seen hundreds of people coming in to read, bring back books and use the internet.

Library visitors say that the Sunday hours are beneficial because it gives them someplace to hang out and relax. Something that’s hard to find during the week.

"A lot of people are busy during the week. For example, students have trouble with sports and not being able to get to the library. Being open on Sunday gives you the opportunity to come in and do research or to just come in and rent a movie," said John Montondo.

Younger visitors take advantage of the new hours because it gives them something to do. They can play games and read magazines instead of just sitting home.

"If you're bored at your house, you can come here and use the computers and meet with our friends," said 12-year-old Kaysean West.

Library administrators say the only concern is how to fund the program now that it's permanent.

Two temporary library clerks were hired to work the Sunday shifts, but they are still short staffed. Those details will be worked out by library administrators and city leaders.

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