Washington County Library open on Sundays

MARIETTA – Looking for a good book to help pass the time on Sundays?

Try the Washington County Public Library at 615 Fifth St., which is now open seven days a week.

“We used to be open on Sundays, and ever since I’ve been director people have been asking why we can’t open on Sundays again,” said Justin Mayo, director of the Washington County Library system.

He took the requests to the library board who gave its blessing to reopening the main library on Fifth Street from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

That’s good news for patrons like Kristin Worstell and her daughter, Abigail.

“We come to the library frequently, and this gives us another option, as well as something for people to do on Sundays,” Kristin said.

Eleven-year-old Kenneth Sparks and his friend Mason Hebert, 12, agreed. They’re both students at Marietta Middle School.

“I come here every day, mostly to use the computers,” Sparks said. “But sometimes I also rent a movie or check out a book.”

Hebert also spends a lot of time at the library.

“Mostly I come to play computer games now,” he said. “We don’t have a lot of homework from school yet.”

Both boys said they expect to be using the library for school assignments as the school year progresses.

Mayo said all of the main library’s departments are open to the public on Sunday now as they are throughout the rest of the week.

“We’ve actually had requests to open Sundays for several years, but were just recently able to do this,” Mayo said, adding that the library’s estimated cost for the additional day would be around $144.

Library circulation manager Melanie Singer said several people were already waiting at the door when the library opened Sunday afternoon.

“We had a big crowd who were here about 15 minutes before we opened,” she said. “Sunday could become a busy day.”

Staff member Emily Keller was working the children’s department Sunday.

“Several kids have been coming in today,” she said. “A few have checked out stacks of books to take home. But we’re expecting to see more kids coming in to work on assignments and reports as the school year goes on.”

Mayo said the library could be open even longer on Sundays.

“If there’s enough interest we could add another hour, from noon to 5 p.m., on Sunday,” he said. “We decided 1 to 5 p.m. for now because that’s when a lot of people are getting out of church and they can stop at the library on the way home.”

Jean Antill of Marietta said she visits the library at least twice weekly and was pleased to know the facility is now open seven days a week.

“I’m an avid reader and I think it’s great-especially the Sunday hours from 1 to 5 p.m., and the staff is always so helpful and kind,” she said. “With winter coming I think a lot more people will be coming on Sundays.”