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More weekend beach reading in Waltham this summer

Posted by Ralph Ranalli July 3, 2007 10:51 AM

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Ann Romney, Governor Mitt Romney's wife, reads during story time at the Waltham Public Library
(Globe staff photo by Essdras Suarez)

WALTHAM

While other libraries are cutting back hours and laying off staff, Waltham Public Library officials have announced that they will be open on Sundays during the summer.

Library Director Tom Jewell said that beginning this Sunday, the library will be open and offering its full range of services -- making it the only one of the 35 public libraries that are part of the Minuteman Library Network to do so.

A survey done earlier this year found that library visits were heavy on weekends during the school year, and there was interest in extending weekend hours year-round, Jewell said. The new Sunday hours will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

"We're very excited about it," he said. "Other libraries, I know, have struggled, and we feel very fortunate that Waltham has - particularly through good fiscal management but also because we have a supportive business community - been able to maintain our hours."

Jewell, who has worked at the library for 30 years, said this is the first time in his memory that the library has been open on summer Sundays.

-- Stephanie V. Siek

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