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Davidson, Matthews libraries add 5th day

The Davidson and Matthews library branches will open an additional day, starting in mid-September, because of successful volunteer recruitment efforts and support from town leaders, say Charlotte Mecklenburg library officials.

The two libraries will be open an additonal day (Mondays) for six hours, starting Sept. 13.

The volunteer recruitment effort was part of the agreement reached in June between the library and the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews and Mint Hill. Support from the towns, along with additional funding from the City of Charlotte, allowed the library to avoid more server cutbacks than already were required, due to a budget cut from county commissioners.

The library system lost 183 staff positions, so it cut branch hours to four days and 32 hours a week.

Library officials had hoped to add the extra days of operation to branches Oct. 1, but they said enthusiastic support in Davidson and Matthews will allow the additional hours to take effect even sooner.

It will give both those libraries five days and 38 hours of operation a week.

“Davidson citizens have always seen our public library as the heart of our community,” Davidson Mayor John Woods said.

Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor added, “This could not have happened without the tremendous response from citizens who have agreed to give back to their community library by volunteering.”

Library officials said Matthews staff members have processed 138 applications and added 81 volunteers, bringing the total to 90. Davidson processed 72 applications and added 29 volunteers, bringing its total to 41.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library officials also said Monday that the Main Library and ImaginOn will resume Sunday hours, 1 to 6 p.m., on Sept. 12. Those hours had been eliminated during the summer to save money.