UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- For the first time in 2 years, Rockford's main library will be open on Mondays. Budget issues caused them to cut back their hours downtown, but the library board says they've seen the revenue increase slowly but surely.
Their new hours, effective today are as follows:
Monday - Thursday: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
For more information visit www.rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- "I was trying to get everything done early. I came here about 8:30 a.m. or 9:00 a.m., looked at the sign and it said noon."
The time changes at the Rockford Public Library may be new to recent-Rockford resident Melissa Morrison but they've been that way for about a year now, as a result of 30 layoffs.
Melissa also lost her job and she says the shorter hours are making the job search difficult.
"I go try to look for a job and I can't," says Morrison.
Just like 19-year-old Shae Wiggins of Rockford, who searches the Internet to further her career.
"It's kind of hard to get around when you have a busy schedule or you just want to get somewhere and do the simplest thing and you can't because they don't open until 12 p.m.," explains Wiggins.
While the hours are frustrating to some, they won't be getting any longer any time soon. The library board just approved next year's budget of $7.7 million.
"It allows us to keep current branches open, keep our current level of hours; it does not allow us to expand hours or expand programming," says Rockford Public Library Board President Paul Logli.
Something residents hope changes in the future.
"I wish they would've been open at 8 am; I could have got a lot more done today," says Morrison.
Some positive things in the library budget include a chunk of change set aside for technology and new material.
Overall, patron count, library card registration and circulation all decreased from August 2009 to August 2010 between the six Rockford library branches.