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Hours at all Barrow libraries extended

WINDER - Book worms of Barrow County rejoice! Each library in your county is now open more hours every day.

Leaders with the public libraries of Winder, Auburn and Statham recently announced the facilities will be open a combined 33 extra hours per week.

"These increases allow Barrow residents better access to their facilities and resources," said Alan Harkness, director of the Piedmont Regional Library System.

The longer hours are possible because all three cities recently increased their respective library revenue streams - especially in Winder, where the library coffer was beefed up 150 percent, said Harkness.

"Five of the six funding agencies in Barrow County have increased their operating support for libraries," he said.

Each of Barrow's libraries is a member of the three-county, 11-library Piedmont Regional Library System, which serves Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties, Harkness said.

The new hours are as follows:

· Auburn: Monday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

· Winder: Monday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

· Statham: Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.