Library patrons happy to be able to return

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It was nearly an eight-month interruption in services but library patrons were happy to be back getting their books.

All 14 libraries within the Essex County system re-opened last Thursday with those coming back through the doors in Amherstburg glad to be able to do so.

“It’s great to see everyone back to work,” said Patrick Coyle. “It shouldn’t have had to take this long with the county (library) board.”

Coyle said he was able to do much of his reading electronically and said he was in Thursday morning to get his new library card.

“The biggest thing was trying to find a parking spot to get in,” said Coyle.

“Yay!” was the reaction of Kathy Hanes to the re-opened library.

Hanes dropped in with flowers for the library workers and said she was “very happy” to have library services back.

“It’s good for the community,” said Hanes. “It’s good for kids. It’s good for people who don’t have their own computer.”

Hanes added she kept up on the news of the strike and worried they wouldn’t open again.

“I don’t ever want to see our libraries gone,” she said.

Lara Klymko returns a book to a shelf last Thursday. That was the first day that the Amherstburg library was open in nearly eight months due to the Essex County library strike.

Lara Klymko returns a book to a shelf last Thursday. That was the first day that the Amherstburg library was open in nearly eight months due to the Essex County library strike.

Lisa Beneteau was also thrilled with the fact the libraries are open once again.

“I love it,” said Beneteau. “We always came with the kids. We’re excited we can come back.”

Beneteau said her family were regulars on weekends and hope to be once again.

“We always brought the kids to do activities on the weekends,” she said. “Hopefully they bring them back soon.”

Beneteau said she wasn’t too concerned about the length of the strike.

“Eventually, it was going to come back. Nothing lasts forever,” she said, but added, “it took a lot longer than we thought.”

“I’m sure there were a lot of people excited to get back,” Beneteau added.

Lara Klymko, a branch resource assistant, said people were dropping off other gifts including Timbits and other treats.

“This is so amazing,” she said of the reaction.

Klymko said she was “thrilled to be back” and while there was some work to do to get the Amherstburg library back in shape after such a long strike, she didn’t find it to be overwhelming.

“It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be,” said Klymko.

Getting back inside and seeing and smelling familiar things made her feel good to be back at work.

“It’s nice to be back.”

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