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New Charlotte-Mecklenburg library hours announced

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All Mecklenburg County libraries, except the main library uptown and Imaginon, will close two days a week to help come up with $2 million in budget savings. The county's thirteen smaller community libraries already close on Sundays, but they will also close on Thursday and trim up to 3 hours from their usual days. David Singleton oversees operations at the county's libraries. "Thursday is our least busy day of the week," explains Singleton. "So it made sense to close the majority of our libraries that day of the week, but then to have access to at least some library services at main, Imaginon and the regional libraries during that day." The county's six regional libraries will close on Friday and Sunday and the main library uptown and Imaginon will close just Friday. Weekday hours are 10am-7pm, except for Friday when libraries will close at 5pm. They'll also close at 5pm on Saturday. The main library and Imaginon will operate 1pm-6pm on Sunday. The new hours will begin April 5th and continue at least until the end of June. At that time, Mecklenburg County will have a new budget and library officials will know whether they'll have to make deeper cuts. County Manager Harry Jones told library staff to plan to reduce its budget by up to 50 percent next fiscal year.