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Matthews And Davidson Libraries To Open On Mondays

Library branches in Davidson and Matthews will soon be open an extra day a week thanks to volunteers. Library branches are now only open four days a week because of budget cuts. But earlier this year, five towns in the county made a deal with the library system: We'll make emergency contributions, if you allow us to extend our hours using volunteers. So for the past month, librarians have been leading orientations and getting volunteers up to speed on the Dewey Decimal system. About 200 people volunteered to help the Mathews and Davidson libraries. That's double the amount they could use. These volunteers have been working alongside librarians for several weeks now shelving books and pulling items people have put on hold. "With them doing that the librarians can be on the desk and out in the public working with people at computers and that sort of thing," says Ellen Giduz who manages Davidson's branch. "We can manage to be open more hours with the help of volunteers." Beginning September 13th, Matthews and Davidson plan to open their libraries Monday from 1 to 7 pm. Huntersville, Mint Hill and Cornelius are hoping to extend their hours beginning in the fall.