"The Board of Library Trustees, the director and staff appreciate the unfortunate and unprecedented circumstances that all of us are going through. With the conditions improving somewhat, we are able to provide the following additional hours," according to a statement released to Patch Tuesday.
The statement was in response to inquiries Patch received from several residents asking Patch to look into why the library was closing early this week rather than extending its hours for residents without power.
One resident wrote: "The Garden City Public Library is shutting down EARLY each day this week at 5pm, rather than extending their hours? Every other library around is making themselves available to the community in light of the power outages and lack of heat caused by the hurricane, so it is curious to me why the GCPL would limit their hours."
Revised hours are as follows:
- Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
The library reopened Oct. 31 when electric power was restored. Since that day nearly 5,400 people came to the library to check out books and other materials, read and relax in a warm environment, charge electrical devices, access the Internet in the Computer Center and meet with other residents affected by the storm.
As of Tuesday, the library’s Wi-Fi service has been restored.