Gateway library to be open one day a week

After deciding two weeks ago to leave the Gateway Branch Library in the hands of community volunteers and transition it into a stand-alone facility, the Mesa County Library District has had a change of heart.

“We have decided we don’t want to go to that extent,” said Eve Tallman, library director.

During a Tuesday meeting with the Mesa County Commission, Tallman said the Gateway library will open for six hours, one day a week, and it will be staffed by the current full-time employee.

“I’m glad to hear it,” said Commissioner Craig Meis, who attended the library’s trustees meeting last month and asked for the Gateway branch to remain open.

With the new hours and staffing Mesa County Libraries estimates it will subsidize the Gateway branch by a minimum of $5,445 above yearly tax revenues, according to statistics generated by the library district.

The district has been in talks with the Mesa County School District about its Gateway School’s library.

Tallman said the school and the public library could coordinate the services they offer, avoid duplication of services and thereby provide a better level of service to the community as a whole.

Tallman said the library trustees will take a formal vote on the revamped plan for the Gateway library at its next meeting, 5:30 p.m., Sept. 25, at the main county library, 530 Grand Ave.

At 7 p.m. Friday at the Gateway Community Center, Commissioner Janet Rowland will host a community coffee.

The event is open to the public.


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