In one of this year’s most publicly visible impacts of a whittled down budget, the Camas Public Library will be closed each Saturday from May 28 through Sept. 3.
According to Library Director David Zavortink, Saturdays were selected for the closure because library data indicates that this is the day of the week, particularly during the summer, that produces the lightest foot traffic and lowest circulation. In addition, on this day of the week there is often no scheduled library programming and public’s use of meeting rooms at the downtown facility is low.
Zavortink said the Saturday closure impacts the smallest number of people.
“It wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision,” he said. “We looked at things from many angles and decided on what seems to disrupt the fewest number of folks.”
The closure, for a total of 15 Saturdays, was planned during the city’s budget process that was completed in December 2010 with the City Council approval of the 2011 budget. The move, in addition to other cuts, saves the library’s operating expenses approximately $60,000.
Other reductions impacting the library this year include eliminating the summer reading program staff hours, and trimming funding for custodial services, repairs and utilities, and the book budget. An additional 10-day continuous closure of the library will take place from Dec. 24 through Jan. 2.