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Matthews Gets Library Volunteers Aplenty

The public library in Matthews now has sixty-six volunteers picking up the slack left by budget cuts. The town is hoping the help will make it possible to keep the branch open an extra day. Charlotte-Mecklenburg library branches are open only four days a week because of budget cuts. Matthews is one of five towns trying to extend their hours with the help of volunteers. The library system agreed to train those volunteers because the towns each made an emergency contribution to the library's budget. Matthews officials put the call out last month, hoping to get 50 volunteers willing to shelve books two to four hours a week. The town's spokeswoman Annette Privette-Keller says they got a lot more than that. "I would say within a week easily we had well over 100 volunteers," says Privette-Keller. "It was a matter of shifting through the applications at that time and finding folks who could come on the days we needed them and the hours we needed them." Matthews now has about 50 people on its waitlist to volunteer. Town officials hope the library board will give them the go ahead to open the branch an extra day beginning next month.