The Liberty branch of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library has been preparing for budget cuts and beginning this month, will take several cuts in its hours of operation.
''We chose to stay open on Tuesday nights because those are our movie nights,'' said Claire Hoffman, director of the Liberty Public Library.
On Aug. 13, the WTCPL Board of Trustees voted to approve a recommendation by Warren library director James Wilkins to reduce the hours of public service from 60.5 to 40 hours per week at each of the five branch libraries in Liberty, Brookfield, Cortland, Howland and Lordstown. Hours at the main branch in Warren were reduced from 61 to 52 hours per week.
''Reduced funding has forced the library to take this action,'' Wilkins said in a press release.
The recently adopted state budget cut library funding by an additional 11 percent on top of the 31 percent decrease in funding Ohio libraries have seen since the beginning of the year. The Warren-Trumbull County Public Libraries will receive approximately $1.2 million less than was received last year, Wilkins said.
When the board meets again in mid-September, it is expected to take a look at a reduction in workforce as well. The exact numbers will depend on how many employees participate in a voluntary retirement incentive plan and voluntary reduction in hours, he said.
''We've done some rescheduling due to the changes in our hours,'' Hoffman said, ''but we haven't had to reduce any programs yet.''
Some programs that utilize the library's meeting room will have to be rescheduled due to the library's new hours, Hoffman said.
The new hours of operation for the Liberty Public Library include closing on Mondays. The library will not open until noon Tuesdays and Thursdays and on those days will remain open until 8 p.m. The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The new hours of operation will begin Sept. 14.