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Utica Public Library cutting back hours in 2013

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Utica Public Library will be closing its doors earlier in 2013.

The library is cutting its hours due to a lack of funding.

The library will close at 5:30pm on Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays, rather than 8pm.

The cutback is mainly due to a federal stimulus grant, which runs out at the end of 2012.

Library Director Darby O'Brien says the $244,000 grant was used to revamp the library's computer classroom, as well as to teach classes and extend hours at the library, but now sadly, she says the library will revert to the pre-stimulus-grant hours.

"We had hoped when the grant ended, we would shift those costs to our regular operating, because we really wanted to keep the library open, but we had decreases over this year and last year, decreases in other local funding, so it became impossible," O'Brien said.

The hours on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays are not being changed.

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