Sunday, April 26, 2009

Erie County Residents Love Their Sunday Hours

Link to April 26 Erie Times-News article, "A tough read: Blasco Library's Sunday hours safe for now, but budget still out of balance".

Excerpt: In a comfy chair with a view of Presque Isle Bay and the U.S. Brig Niagara, 5-year-old Rachel Sanders sits on her dad's lap and turns the pages of "The Magic School Bus."

At a nearby table, student Joe Dombrowski, 26, spreads his books, binders and papers in a quiet space where he has come to get some work done.

Across the way, Deryl Radder, 63, uses one of 25 computers with free Internet to check e-mail and eBay.

Jacob Wilson, 17; Bobby Ploss, 43; Joy Mosley, 35; and Solomon Muvindi, 35, wait for work stations to become free.

Downstairs, Robert Schillace, 74, flips through Prevention magazine, while Dave Messmer, 59, reads an article about the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dorothy Slatzer, 50, looks for volumes about her new interest, feng shui.

Kathleen Ziegenhine, 55, searches for British murder mysteries to watch on DVD as she falls asleep.

It's a Sunday afternoon at Blasco Library, where patrons are relieved that no matter their reason for going there, the facility will still be open every day.

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