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Quincy City Council restores portion of public library budget cut last year

Thalia Wolfmeyer greets a cat while participating in Read to Cats and Dogs at the Quincy Humane Society on Monday, Apr. 22, 2019. The event is put on through the Quincy Public Library and helps children feel more comfortable reading aloud. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 23, 2019 9:50 am

QUINCY -- A year after the Quincy City Council voted to cut $72,000 from the Quincy Public Library, a portion of those cuts have been restored.

During Monday night's meeting of the Quincy City Council, the 13 aldermen present voted to approve the proposed budget, which will take effect next month and includes $35,000 in restored funding for the library.

Alderman David Bauer, D-2, was absent.

Following the vote, Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore said he "appreciates the fiscal responsibility of the library."

"We know that they are a vital resource," Moore said. "This year, we are lucky enough thanks again to the hard work of the Quincy City Council to be able to provide them with more funding."

Quincy Public Library Executive Director Kathleen Helsabeck said she was pleased to see funding restored to the library, which had 160,314 patron visits last year.

"I personally am seeing lots of positives with this budget," Helsabeck said.

Helsabeck said the additional funding will not allow the library to hire new staff or restore its hours of operation, which were slashed as part of a cost-savings measure last year. Instead, the library's administration will use the funds to purchase new technology and address long-standing maintenance issues.

"I feel that this budget has set the foundation for future budgets which will allow the library to expand services and programs in the future," Helsabeck said.

The Quincy Public Library will conduct a survey in June on various topics, including the restoration of operating hours. The survey will be distributed at the circulation desk and available online.

Helsabeck said that depending on the responses of the survey, the library's administration may seek additional funding next year to allow the library to expand its hours of operation.

The Quincy Public Library, 526 Jersey, is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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