Community called on to protest library Sunday closures
BOOK lover Sharon Force is calling on the community to protest the closure of local libraries on Sundays.
The former Boyne Island library worker and ex-Gladstone council employee said it was a step in the wrong direction and the savings represented "loose change".
This month, the council voted to close the Boyne Island and Gladstone libraries on Sundays from July as part of its strategy to deliver a 0% rate rise next budget.
It cited wages worth $128,470 for two employees at each library and electricity costs of $26,275 as too high to justify the service.
But that figure is a small part of the council's annual operating budget of $170 million and Ms Force said there were other cost-saving
measures to consider before closing libraries.
She contacted the council to suggest savings in other areas, including teleconferences to reduce staff travel.
"Sunday is the only day many families have to go to the library," Ms Force said.
"Visitation numbers were still high and I think it's something we need because of the large volume of shift workers."
The libraries are trialling late-night Thursdays.
"How many parents are going to have the energy to take their kids to the library on a Thursday after they get home from work? I can't see many people making that choice," Ms Force said.
Library services were unlikely to be the only casualty, Mayor Gail Sellers saying the council was considering "all service levels" to cut costs.