Local libraries expanding their hours

GERMANTOWN HILLS, Ill. - Rural libraries across Woodford county are expanding their services, with several locations expanding their hours to make sure they're open for longer periods of time.

"Just trying to provide some more time for people and more services be open and available to the public more," says Joel Shoemaker of Illinois Prairie District Public Library in Germantown Hills. "We're going to see if we can be open even more. Maybe more evening hours. Evening hours are important to working people."

The extended hours allow people stay in their own hometowns instead of going to other towns with bigger libraries, giving residents more time to actually sit down and read.

"When the hours here in Germantown Hills were ten hours a week, you would have to literally plan and schedule it in," says Germantown Hills resident Melissa Heil. "Now with the more extended hours, if were out and about we can say 'Oh, we can stop by the library on the way home from something else.'"

The new hours also come with new events like 3D printing to reading with therapy dogs. 

"It's fun, and we're going to learn something from it," says Heil. "It makes our day more interesting."

With the combination of new hours and fun events, Woodford County residents say they're even more proud to call central Illinois home.

"We're lucky to have a beautiful library in Germantown Hills and we're going to support it," says Heil. "We hope other people support it too."


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